Mon, 31 Oct 94 02:00 MET
Subject: MOOSE Project -- new OS ?
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As I'm sick of computing systems I know, and saw no end to them, I've
decided to write my own, on my 386 PC to begin with, but in a portable way
(have an implementation over *yuck* POSIX ?).
The project is called MOOSE, and I'm writing it alone. It means
Multi-* Object-oriented Operating System and Environment. *I* didn't choose
the name as I wasn't alone at that time.
It's a project for an OS that will change you from Un*x and
sub-clones like MS-DOG:
- of course multi* (tasking/threading/user)
- persistence, thus garbage collection, security, type-checking (thus, no "C")
that means no *need* of file system (but still support them to communicate
with other OSes. That also means *need* for a language that supports
- machine-independent low-level (stack-based/FORTH-like ?) language for
portable binaries, with common interpreter or compiler back-end.
- partial lazy evaluation and optimization for ideal dynamic performance
- no-kernel (not even micro- or nano-) architecture. Everything is
decentralized in modules (even the module loaders). The only thing needed
is a boot module. Modules communicate through conventional protocols (which
may change by replacing all concerned modules).
- system specifications open for a distributed version where objects migrate
or are copied on the fly from host to host to achieve best performance
(but security required more than ever).
- Author authentification to retribute authors, or give them (dis)credit.
- dynamic typing high-level (some may say "object-oriented") language as
a standard interactive development tool -- no *need* for a shell and a
bunch of stubborn languages that cope with each other's flaws. All systems
specification are done in such a language. The language should have natural
extensions that allow program specification and proof, and do secure
I'm still looking for the high-level language to use, which must be able to
integrate all those features. Can somebody help me ?
I'm considering BETA, SELF, Icon, or something like that. Else I'll have to
design my own (as a self-extended typechecking FORTH-like thing ?) :( :(. Any
I'm also considering joining Mike Prince's PIOS project, or the FIRE project.
If there's another project (personal/university/commercial) that includes all
(or a big part) of those features, please tell me. If you see any reason why
it shouldn't be possible or wishable, or that it does not go for enough, or
that it goes in the wrong direction, please tell me too. I *think* I am
open-minded enough to hear it.
Any help, comment or feedback appreciated.
Please reply by mail (but you may post your reply *too*), as I may not be
reading your group. Sorry for the noise if you think it doesn't fit the group.