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Big boys reinventing the wheel

2003-12-30 , ,

C|Net News.com has an article about Intel and Microsoft working with Phoenix and Gateway to replace the aging PC BIOS with a new firmware. Great idea, except instead of going with the existing standard IEEE 1275-1994, known as OpenFirmware, like Apple, IBM and Sun, or sponsoring or contributing to the OpenBIOS, they’ve chosen to create a new "standard". Sure, I’m cynical but isn’t going off and reinventing the proverbial wheel a little suggestive of ulterior motives? It will be a few years before it gets to the market but I expect it is another way to bolster their so-called "trusted computing" scheme and doing away with the hangover from the original IBM PC is little more than a happy side effect.

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