different alternatives for lispOS

Kelly Murray kem@Franz.COM
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 12:01:43 -0700

> What I want is Genera that runs on mac or pc hardware, commodity stuff.  I

Might work ok, but I don't see it happening.  The new Symbolics can hardly
get it to work on Alphas (maybe they just need a lot more help?)
It also really *is* old technology (e.g Flavors)
and is a very complicated system, full of historical baggage.
Emulation will always perform poorly relative to native complilation,
and it has little chance of being available on other platforms given
the struggle to put it on just one(*).
It also doesn't have real persistent objects.
Statice is essentially a rdb with an o-o interface.

> remember people compaining about the mememory requirements of Genera (10MB

It is certainly true that Genera with native Pentium compilation,
could be cheap and effective, and useful today.  If it was available
today for low-cost, I'd advocate using it.
But IMO, this is looking backward, we need to look forward.

-Kelly Edward Murray   (speaking for myself)

(*) yes, I think multi-platform availability is desireable and should
not be thrown away (why I think on top of Linux is a good start),
but it's just not important in the beginning.
What is critical is having useful, real-world solutions written
in the language/system.