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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
The FTP protocol needs to die already, it's nearly 30 years old and has various problems with NAT and a terrible latency that HTTP simply does not have. On that point, those random filesharing sites that make you wait need to die as well!
CyanogenMod 9 is stable; 10 is underway
Posted Aug 10, 2012 23:43 UTC (Fri) by ldarby (subscriber, #41318)
ROM = Read Only Memory = Semiconductor hardware that stores information which cannot under any circumstances be modified.
Using "ROM" to refer to an operating system (or more generally, a set of software) that can be installed into re-writeable memory, is just bizarre...
Posted Aug 13, 2012 18:26 UTC (Mon) by Nico57 (guest, #63763)
"Image" sounds even more confusing. :)
You could go for "system image", "system archive" or simply "system update", but ROM tends to be the most universally understood and less ambiguous term.
Posted Aug 13, 2012 19:46 UTC (Mon) by ldarby (subscriber, #41318)
Image (ISO) => CDR(W)
Image (software) => Phone with EEPROM
How much sense does burning a CDROM to a CDRW make? The same amount as flashing a ROM to a phone.
"EEPROM Image" would be correct and I wouldn't be surprised if that's what it actually was, and then instantly got abbreviated to just ROM, because no one would want to say "ee-ee-prom image". Pretty much like almost no one wants to say "Guh-nooo-linux" - too many syllables.
Posted Aug 13, 2012 20:17 UTC (Mon) by nybble41 (subscriber, #55106)
Of course, Android is nominally open source, so it shouldn't be necessary to mess with binary-level modifications. However, the fact that one can't actually build the unabridged equivalent of the Android system image shipping on any real hardware from just the published source code means that we are still at least partly at the "mod" stage rather than "distributions". Android has quite a bit of maturing to do to catch up with Linux on that front.
Posted Aug 14, 2012 8:02 UTC (Tue) by mastro (subscriber, #72665)
Posted Aug 14, 2012 17:37 UTC (Tue) by Jonno (subscriber, #49613)
That said, calling an RFS-image a "ROM" is really just legacy terminology, carried over to a replacement technology. Much like the term "broadband" is used to denote all fast network connections, even those not utilizing a broad frequency band...
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