Let's begin SchemeOS
P. T. Withington
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 17:51:55 -0500
On 3/27/98 17:16, Kragen wrote:
>On Fri, 27 Mar 1998, P. T. Withington wrote:
>> On 3/25/98 20:59, Kragen wrote:
>> >I doubt it.
>> Actually, there hasn't been anything new invented in operating systems
>> since Multics.
>Nonsense. Many new things have been invented in OSes since then. But
>very few of them have made it into popular OSes.
Not complete nonesense, since as you say there is little in commercial
O/S's that was not in Multics. I have a hard time thinking of an
example. But perhaps I should have inserted a sarcasm mark.
>I suggest that a Lisp-based OS -- either a la the old LispMs, or a la
>the super-fancy-new single-level-store global-garbage-collected ideas
>that are being thrown around -- will be light-years ahead of any other
>commonly available OS. Except possibly EROS.
I'm not familiar with EROS. Reference?
I think the biggest thing that could distinguish a LispOS would be
support for garbage collection in the VM system. Despite the success of
some garbage collectors running over stock O/S's there is much more that
could be done if the GC and VM were more tightly bound (as they were in