Running Unix programs under LispOS
Fri, 2 May 1997 11:30:07 -0600
> Can I ask what is wrong with using GNU as the LispOS kernel?
> There seems to be a dichotomy where some say 'do it cos we
> can with Lisp & new ideas right on the HW or a slim OS kit'
> (this is what I though a LispOS would be all about) & others
> 'lets get going now with a Linux/BSD kernel & skip the driver
> issues & get all those apps already ported to Unix & appeal to
> the masses'.
> Isn't this what the FSF are doing with GNU? Building a bridge
> between the old world & the new. If we want a way of narrowing
> the interfaces to a Linux/BSD, won't the HURD be exactly that?
> We don't need the Unix personality but we can use the Daemons.
> On the other side of the coin we can create our own HIRD to
> support a LispM personality. Wouldn't this mean that the Unix
> side could bomb completely & still leave the Lisp world alive?
This is what I was also thinking. Instead of the horrible
monolithic Linux kernal, we are better of the Hurd along with
Another note: People are suggesting that we start with linux
and slowly re-implement all the linux in LISP.
Unix coded in LISP will still be UNIX not a LISPOS.
We should try not to duplicate all the garbage of Unix. We should
start with small micro kernal or a nano-kernal (is there any such
thing?) and provide a very simple and powerful OS interface.
Unix compatibility mode may come later, if needed.
Just some thoughts.