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Could an OS without a need for drivers exist?

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Would it be possible for an OS to exist that communicates strictly at a hardware level with the embedded firmware on each component, as opposed to having to install drivers that do the middle work?Assuming said components were built to specification.
This would remove a huge amount of problems that occur, not to mention making updates a simple small firmware flash away, as opposed to large packages intended for many devices.
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Drivers are simply the way that an OS communicates with a device, you'll always need "drivers" but the amount of drivers needed can be kept to a minimum by closing a system (such as a calculator which only has a single function and no changes). Doing this means that it is again a closed system (nothing can be added), so its usefulness as a computer wouldn't be that high.

That is one of the reasons that Mac OS is more stable is the control of hardware. With limited changes in hardware requires limited amounts of software drivers to be written, higher amount of testing for a single platform, and again higher stability.
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Yup, with greater openess, comes greater complexity.
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