There's also the possibility that someone could write something really simple to take advantage of the latest Linux API without support for other OSes. For that matter, someone on the kernel mailing list was considering adding CDROM and DVD burning support to dd. What makes cdrecord special is that it handles a lot of system quirks. But the kernel could, in principle, handle all of the device quirks, and provide a minimally quirky interface, such that standard utilities for writing to things worked for burning.
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