OS Wars

cosc19z5@bayou.uh.edu cosc19z5@bayou.uh.edu
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 11:05:19 -0600 (CST)


> >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?

Isn't this a task for another mailing list?  If memory serves me
correctly, this list was split awhile ago into a VM and O/S list.

I wonder how the VM folks are coming along?

>     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?

I like the idea of starting with a shell first since that would
be more apparent to the user and the true power of Lisp can
shine.  Getting something out that we can be proud of and show
off to others early on is (IMO) a good idea, for morale and
possibly new recruits.

>                     Damond