Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge
Hamish Moffatt <email@example.com> writes:
> > *Real* firmware is not software. But *real* firmware is *firm*, that
> > is, you can't change it easily: it's in a ROM. And nobody is asking
> > us to distribute it.
> Now there's a bizarre twist on the idea that everything is software.
I don't know anyone who has said that "everything is software".
> Are you saying that firmware in ROM, which in most cases IS "programs,
> routines, and symbolic languages that control the functioning of the
> hardware and direct its operation", is NOT SOFTWARE?
But no, I misspoke. I'm happy to grant the stuff in the ROM is
software, in one sense, but not in another--it can't be changed (it
isn't *soft*). For this reason, the term "firmware" has become
But the term firmware does not mean "whatever runs on the peripheral