Measuring a Lisp operating system's "success"
Sun, 4 May 1997 16:05:00 -0500
| From: Chris Hanson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
| I would consider LispOS a "success" if in the end it produces an OS
| in Lisp that runs on modern stock hardware, *regardless* of its market
| penetration or financial return or effect on the larger software
| development world.
| I feel this way because an OS implemented in Lisp is something
| that your garden-variety OS project these days hasn't really attempted,
| since most people appear to want to reinvent the hell out of the wheel
Agreed. What we are looking for is considerably beyond the present status
We do at least have the LispMs as a proof of concept, but I don't really
want to replicate one - just the best parts of one, with the best ideas
everywhere stirred in as well, as is useful and reasonably practical. Piece
If we can do what we want and do it well it would stand as a major counter-
example to all the ad-hocian bloatware OSs and their miserable low-level
systems software architecture and models. That alone would be a "sucess"