Flux toolkit as LispOS base

Kelly Murray kem@Franz.COM
Fri, 02 May 1997 16:06:14 -0700

> start for LispOS.  It will get us a big head start without forcing us to carry
> a lot of Unix baggage that is likely to force us to twist the design of the
> system for the sake of compatibility.

I'm not sure I follow this.
SilkOS (yes, I must keep plugging the name :) doesn't have to maintain
any UNIX compatibility at the application level.
I think throwing out the file system is sufficient to eliminate a
whole lot of UNIXisms.   

As someone mentioned, it is difficult to get started writing code
with a persistent object system when you don't have one.
However, ACL has a "dumplisp" capability that saves the state of
an entire Lisp process.  So transient CLOS objects can be saved this way.
It isn't even that slow on a single user machine with sufficient
physical memory if the process isn't too large.