Richard Coleman coleman@math.gatech.edu
Wed, 23 Apr 1997 02:36:00 -0400

> Is the important thing to be able to use Lisp for ANY purpose?  If so,
> what kind of pain is total purity worth?

I'm not sure what you mean by this.  I don't think anyone says everything
has to be written in lisp.  The right tool for the right job and all that.

> How is a LispOS supposed to be better than just writing lots of
> programs in a Unix/Win95 Lisp, and using libraries like ILU, etc. to
> talk to the world?  How is a LispOS supposed to be better than, say, a
> New Improved Multithreaded Emacs?

Well, I think Emacs is actually a good model here.  It would be cool to
generalize this and move it lower into the users environment.

> [My vote for Ultimate Lisp World View goes to the research going
> on at NEC.  Specifically, Kali Scheme
> http://www.neci.nj.nec.com/PLS/kali.html, and the Sting OS.]