This may be so, but difference is still meaningful...
Posted Sep 14, 2011 18:09 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: Gosh
Parent article: LPC: Coping with hardware diversity
Perhaps, but then perhaps not. From the software developer POV difference between XBox360, Android phone and, for example, TV is pretty minimal. In all cases you can install your own custom firmware, in all cases this is not something developers had in mind at all.
Now, you can argue that computers were initially developed in such a way (back then software was just a free addon to the hardware), but what we now understand under this term is some box where hardware is developed for the software, not the other way around.
ARM systems are slowly moving in this direction, too, but they are still pretty much at stage where development is driven by hardware, not the other way around.
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