We may be able to ask for permission to relicense his interrupt list under CC0 and thus integrate it here=
I'm not too sure now (can't find a discussion about it), but I think someone has tried that in the past - e.g. they tried to contact Ralph Brown to ask for permission to reuse parts of the interrupt list, and got no answer at all.
For what it's worth; I'm in favour of having BIOS interrupts in the wiki for a few reasons:
- Ralph Brown's Interrupt List is old and hasn't been updated. There are newer BIOS functions (e.g. AMD's stupid "int 0x15, ax=0xEC00" mess) and changes to old BIOS functions (e.g. "int 0x15, eax=0xE820" additions in newer ACPI specs).
- Ralph Brown's Interrupt List has a lot of unnecessary information (e.g. DOS function calls, TSRs, extensions, etc) that are mostly irrelevant and get in your way.
- It gives us a way to add links in the other direction (e.g. the BIOS function for enabling/disabling A20 could have a link to the A20 wiki page, etc)
The main problem here is that (if we can't get permission) it may be hard to avoid copyright issues without Ralph Brown's permission. For that reason, the entry for the each BIOS function in the wiki could/should have a link to the same BIOS function in Ralph Brown's Interrupt List, so that it's easy for people to check and fix anything that could seem like potential copyright infringement as soon as possible. This could also be used as a citation.
In a few years time everything will be UEFI anyway.
All real hardware will be UEFI sooner or later. However; people will still be writing and/or using emulators for the 20+ years after that happens.
Sadly, for computing nothing ever dies (not even ancient OS designs from the mid-1960s, even when its creators try to replace it with a better OS!