Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Apr 2013 22:44 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Almost exactly three years ago, I wrote about why OSNews was no longer OSNews: the alternative operating system scene had died, and OSNews, too, had to go with the times and move towards reporting on a new wave of operating systems - mobile, and all the repercussions that the explosion of smartphones and tablets have caused. Still, I was wondering something today: why aren't we seeing alternative operating systems on mobile?
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I don't mean to split hairs, but even in those days people who built their own circuits were generally known as electronics engineers and not programmers or software engineers. Any kind of software that they wrote usually was to provide minimal support needed to get their hardware work in a larger system. These kinds of software are usually referred to as firmware for this very reason.

If you think that firmware writers are good or capable programmers, then you should spend ample amount of time crufty BIOS code hell to see why a software engineering is a sorely needed discipline at that time.

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