OS Wars

Damond Walker moribund@netgsi.com
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 11:04:13 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Bitmead <chrisb@ans.com.au>
To: lispos@math.gatech.edu <lispos@math.gatech.edu>
Date: Friday, March 27, 1998 11:05 AM
Subject: Re: OS Wars

>Let's end the OS wars right here. We are all here because we're
>not satisfied with any existing OS. Why to waste our time
>debating if VW beetle or Corolla is the ultimate super-car?

    Amen, even though we all know the Beetle is the king of cars....  :)

>All OSes have bugs. All OSes will stay up forever until you
>activate the bugs. And there is no such thing as UNIX. There is
>only Xenix, Ultrix, SunOS, Linux, BSD, OSF UNIX etc. All with
>different bugs and different stabilities.

    Oh-tay....  About this initial VM thing or not.  What are some reasons
to *NOT* start LispOs using a VM style architecture?  I can think of several
off the top of my head but what are some of the rest of the list's thoughts?
    I've written several chip emulators (they weren't coded down to exact
times mind you but they worked, one for the 6502 [who hasn't done one of
these yet], and about 25% for a VAX) and really like coding these monsters.
Why shouldn't we start a VM with a Silicon chip (specifically designed to
run a compiled CL app) running the show?