BusyTraveller BusyTraveller - 9 months ago 52
Linux Question

Whether Endianness is a property or hardware or software?

I have read that Intel and AMD follows little endian concept. Whether it is a property of hardware alone, or OS can override it ? I am telling this because processor serial number I am getting from windows and linux are in opposite order.

Answer Source

The endianess is based on hardware only.OS cannot overwrite it since it is the order in which data is written/ read from/to hardware. You might be getting the number in opposite order because the driver you are using might be swapping the bytes for you.