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Tue, 03 Jun 1997 13:37:53 -0500

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I fully concur with these comments despite having two macs and thinking about 
buying a third one while owning no PC hardware at all.

If both platforms were to be targetted, I'd probably work on the PowerPC 
version, but all the arguments for using x86 are too strong to ignore.


> From:  "Bill House" <>
> Date:  Tue, 3 Jun 1997 09:26:02 -0700
> I see that the PowerPC chip is getting its day in court. <g>  My vote is to
> stay with the x86, at least in the first iteration. Why?  I actually have t
> wo
> reasons:
> a) I already have a number of x86 machines. So do most other computer owner
> s.
> It would cost me very little to put LispOS on an x86, and if it didn't work
> ,
> well, I've got plenty of other uses for the same box.  If LispOS is only
> available for the PowerMac, then I might never get around to actually tryin
> g it
> (speaking as a potential user).
> b) the PowerMac is probably less than 5% of the market. If LispOS gets a 1%
> penetration into the PowerMac market, which would be lucky, that's still no
> t
> enough machines to be more than an interesting oddity. OTOH, if we got 1% o
> f
> x86 machines, that's probably close to 1 million users.  With that many use
> rs,
> you've got an actual industry, where we could all find gainful employment,
> doing computing that was not only functional (pun intended), but FUN!
> Well, that's how I see it. Selling me on the PPC as a LispOS platform will 
> be
> easier than selling non-Lisp programmers on the notion that they should go 
> out
> and buy a PowerMac to try out LispOS, so have at it. <g>
> Bill House
> --
> The views expressed are mine alone,
> unless you agree with me.

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