Resolved: firmware is not software
Posted Aug 29, 2006 23:44 UTC (Tue) by dlang
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you say that firmware isn't maintainable, what do you need to do with it?
you don't expect a device to have it's interface with the system changing on you. modulo bugs you want the devices interface to remain the same, and you want it to be the same as every other version of that device.
besides, a device that you had firmware each install is easier to tinker with then one that has it's firmware in flash.
1. firmware in flash useually requires dos/windows to update
2. updateing firmware in flash runs a real risk of turning the device into a doorstop, if the firmware is downloaded each initialization, all you need to do is to reboot and try again (unless you manage to physicaly damage a device, but that risk is the same in either case)
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