Monday, November 10, 2003

Another good reason to adhere to standards

Mandrake Linux has yet to release CD images of their latest release because of problems with certain LG Electronics CD-ROM drives. As fully explained by Mandrake, these drives don't properly implement the ATAPI protocol, specifically, their implementation of the FLUSH_CACHE command is incorrect. It'd be better if they simply didn't implement it at all. Instead, they implemented it to do something different. When issued, this command overwrites the drive's firmware. That's just wrong.

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