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Resolved: firmware is not software

Resolved: firmware is not software

Posted Aug 24, 2006 8:07 UTC (Thu) by Robin.Hill (subscriber, #4385)
In reply to: Resolved: firmware is not software by drag
Parent article: Resolved: firmware is not software

There realy isn't any reason to know what it does or how it works, beyond what is nessicary to write device drivers. No reason to have to go modify it or whatnot.
Not necessarily true - for example, the firmware for a USB camera could control how it adjusts colours, how long it'll allow the shutter to be open for, how the auto-focus works, enabling/disabling digital zoom, etc. I can easily see situations where the default settings are non-optimal, or where you're trying to use the hardware for a purpose not originally envisaged by the designers, so not provided for by the original firmware.

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