--On Thursday, March 03, 2005 7:27 AM -0500 Eric Warnke <eric(a)snowmoon.com>
It's firmware that takes propriataty x86 hardware and makes it
commodity platform. Without the BIOS we would all be hacking individual
registers in each componient chip to try and get the memory subsystems
initalized and stable.
USB host controllers seem to have succeeded with a standardized register
layout and no proprietary firmware.