From what I see, mikeserv is a genuine user that simply disagrees with some contributions from MedEvil and Wonko. As long as this disagreement is expressed in a polite manner, I don't see a problem. On this board we value a productive argumentation between opposing views, one has to know how to place emotions aside to defend arguments with logic and facts in the public square.
Neither do I, as a matter of fact he disagrees mainly with Popov, the references to my and Medevil's posts are negative only in the sense that they are (wrongly) encouraging Popov to experiment, something that he sees as futile/unuseful, and to the assumed lack of references to the good (and bad) of Plop, references that have been already exchanged ad nauseam elsewhere.
For the record, the positions are as follows:
- Wonko has (and has had) more than a few machines where the hardware is USB 2.0 capable but on which the BIOS boots ONLY at USB 1.1 speed, this is the "perfect case" where Plop may be useful, as well as that to add USB booting to PC's (mainly notebooks) that have not it at all. If you prefer Wonko had several occasions to use PloP and had exceptionally good results with it.Wonko does not measure booting speed and does NOT compare the Plop speed with that of motherboards natively capable of USB 2.0 speed booting, he simply observes that on most suitable machines Plop sped up booting noticeably.
- Medevil has not (and has had not) any of such hardware or, if you prefer, his experiments never provided him with the expected increase of speed. (besides a few tests he did with BIOSes already using USB 2.0 speed that obviously make no sense). His point is (most probably correct) that the increased speed of Plop on USB 2.0 hardware is not as fast as it should be (i.e. a "native" BIOS working at USB 2.0 speed outperforms Plop). Additionally he has a plan to replace the USB module in BIOSes with much faster drivers, a really nice thing in theory, but that has not yet been put into practice or not put into practice for a "wide" range of BIOSes.
All in all there is NO disagreement on Plop, only different experiences in practice and Medevil has in addition a nice theory, or if you prefer Medevil has (had) greater expectations form Plop while Wonko is more modest (not all over, but in spots ) in his expectations.
If someone could provide some 20÷40 € and provide Medevil with a specific (very low cost) hardware on which Wonko used recently (and successfully) Plop:
he could see with his own eyes what happens on that specific motherboard and possibly even the experiences would "converge".