Why LispOS?

David Tillman dtillman@cannonexpress.com
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 10:18:38 -0600

>> BTW, I had a couple of more ideas about things LispOS could
>> have: to have a graphical interface from the bottom-up, ie no more
>> text-only console. 

> No text console? Isn't that one of the fascinations of Lisp, to
> be able to type at a text console?

    One feature I would like to see is a text console that is bit-mapped.

    All output from the shell would be subject to the same font and
    color modification as you would get from your favorite editior.

    Also, I would like to do something like: (shutdown) and have
    everything frozen as it is. The next time I start the OS I want
    all of the windows, files, processes, etc. to be just like I left

    I realize that there is some complexity to doing this with a multiuser
    OS. It may be that only local sessions would have their state saved
    and remote sessions would have their's destroyed.

    I don't know how any of this relates to how real Lisp machines
    functioned. I have never *seen* one, let alone used one...


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