safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 6:35 UTC (Wed) by bronson
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
Wouldn't the frequencies be a good candidate for ROM?
Absolutely not! Frequency tables tend to be very different in different countries and in fact are continually changing. How many wireless chips nowadays hard-code the frequency tables? None! There's a reason for that.
Um, isn't the point of the FSF to advocate free software? I fail to see how software permanently burned onto a ROM is more free. Does it help the user? Or the developer? Or anybody at all? ROMing something is almost always a step in the wrong direction. Why on earth are you advocating this?
: except in extremely price-sensitive scenarios of course, where burning a few million ROMs becomes noticeably cheaper than serial EEPPROMs or flash. But on-die flash in modern microcontrollers is making even this moot.
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