Is Open Firmware able to handle S.M.A.R.T. capabilities for hard drives ?
Yes, in the sense that we could add detection for a major failure (as much as any PC BIOS does) but no, in the sense that we do not implement any SMART checks right now.
Enabling it in the BIOS etc. isn't something you need to do in a modern operating system, and in any case, I'd hope your hardware would be turned on and running far longer in Linux or MorphOS than you did looking at the firmware prompt :)
It may be possible, in fact rather easy, to implement SMART checking as a Forth script (as long as you know the location of the ATA register set and can put the data somewhere to parse it).
Matt Sealey, Genesi USA Inc.
Product Development Analyst