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Posted Feb 16, 2011 19:28 UTC (Wed) by daglwn (subscriber, #65432)
No, I don't trust it. Cyanogen has a large, active community around it. I don't see that with Cognition. The ROM may work, but I have no confidence it will work tomorrow.
Posted Feb 17, 2011 17:06 UTC (Thu) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
Posted Feb 16, 2011 22:02 UTC (Wed) by job (guest, #670)
Why not call it "distribution" like with regular computers? Even "operating system" or just "software" would be fine.
Posted Feb 16, 2011 22:19 UTC (Wed) by foom (subscriber, #14868)
Originally you'd put software onto an ROM. Then people invented PROM and EPROM (erasable programmable read-only-memory...already we've gotten confused terminology here, although it makes some sense, because you need a UV light to erase the thing, and generally you need a high voltage to program it), then an EEPROM (electrically erasable programmable read-only-memory...). And often the EEPROM wasn't rewritable without a special programming device being attached. Flash is a form of EEPROM, and now the programming circuitry is always part of the device.
So...yes, there's a contradiction in terms, but it's long-standing, and came about over time. And so, the image you flash to an embedded device is called a ROM, because a long time ago, you would have stored it in ROM. Language is like that. :)
Posted Feb 16, 2011 22:56 UTC (Wed) by job (guest, #670)
Posted Feb 17, 2011 1:48 UTC (Thu) by pabs (subscriber, #43278)
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