Testing the waters.

ET emergent@eval-apply.com
Sat, 10 May 1997 11:47:43 -0400

Thanks for the input.

I'd like to look at the Flux OS toolkit.  I'm sure we all would!
I might argue that lisp down to the metal does improve the
system, but it doesn't really matter to me.

The reason I like Scheme at the low level is that one must
severely lobotomize CL to make low level code, and some of
the CL stuff is just hard to implement (displaced arrays, etc.)
Honestly, I'd like to have CommonLisp available somewhere
somehow, but I don't want to have to support CLOS interrupt
handlers for example.

EuLisp may very well be what I want.  Anyone have a reference?

Oh, and when I said that the tools should use Win NT, I meant
that I have an NT machine, so a Unix-only tool is useless to me.
Dual ported tools are fine!

> From: Alaric B. Williams <alaric@abwillms.demon.co.uk>
> To: ET <emergent@eval-apply.com>
> Cc: LispOS Project <lispos@math.gatech.edu>
> Subject: Re: Testing the waters.
> Date: Saturday, 10 May, 1997 06:49
> > Suppose my company were interested in developing LispOS in
> > this manner:
> >    Native i386 code,
> >    no underlying unix (lisp down to the metal),
> FluxOS toolkit would be a good idea IMHO, since there's a lot
> of tedious coding to be done to reach that level, and it's not
> an area that Lisp improves on greatly.
> >    start with Scheme as basis language,
> Fair enough, although Scheme does suffer from minimality, IMHO.
> Have you seen the EuLisp draft spec? Now /that/ looks more like
> it! I haven't the URL any more, sadly, but It's Out There.
> >    design with support for persistent object system,
> >    implementation tools running on '95/NT,
> >    free software.
> > How many people would be interested in actually investing
> > time and energy on this?  If there is a critical mass, I'll
> > start the project.
> Hmmm, I'd be able to help with concepts and troubleshooting, and I
> may have some time to code. I have NT4.0, BTW.
> ABW 
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