The Marketing of LispOS?

Reginald S. Perry
Tue, 31 Mar 1998 13:18:35 -0800

I keep seeing messages on this list which hint toward somehow convincing large 
numbers of users to use LispOS. 

Whatever happened to doing something because:

	 It would be way cool to hack to the metal in Lisp.

	 Wouldn't it be cool to have your virtual memory be Lisp aware?

	 Would my device driver model look radically different in Lisp?

	 Wouldn't it be way cool to have OS MetaObjects? What would
	 they look like?

	 How fast would that dusty 486 sitting in my closet be running 

Or pick any one of the cool ideas that people like Rainer Joswig,
Henry Baker and others talk about. If you are interested in making a
profit out of this venture, unsubscribe from the list now, you are
pretty much wasting your time here. The quick way to generate cash
flow with lisp is probably with server side COM objects integrated
into CL-HTTP to generate interesting content or dynamic presentation
of complex analysis. Don't expect one red cent from anything relating
to LispOS or the applications developed to support it. That way, if
something does happen, which I doubt, it would be a plesant suprise.

But, if you really have a burning need for a business model and just
can't do things because they are cool (don't you already have a job?), 
here is a crazy idea. Imagine all of those old 486s that Windows 99
runs like an old dog on. Now imagine several of them networked
together communicating with your database on your main system and each 
other doing analysis of your business data in a way only Lisp lets
you. You get nice usage out of hardware which you were about to scrap
anyway and you get interesting tidbits out of your database that the
data miners may not get because they have to write a specalized app
for each business situation.