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The LispOS mailing list was started in April 1997 and closed in February 1999 by Richard Coleman (of ZSH fame), to gather efforts about making a free Lisp OS, that would bring back to computists the power of Lisp Machines of old (LispM's: MIT CADR, LMI K-machine, TI Explorer, Symbolics). All these very expensive machines died with their makers, (but the Symbolics ones, that survive with pain), and the efforts put in developing their proprietary hardware and software are lost to the world.

No common project could emerge (yet?) from the list: indeed, all the imaginable opinions existed about which to use as a Lisp dialect (ANSI CL, Scheme, EuLisp, ISLisp, some custom Lisp) and/or an underlying low-level implementation framework (Linux, BSD or raw Mach as underlying kernel, some JVM-like abstract machine, the OS-kit or some custom set of direct hardware drivers). Some people (including R. Coleman) have decided to go and improve CMUCL, and/or to go help build some working code base on top of CommonLISP (things like CL-HTTP, or perhaps CL-Emacs), while others intend to get some Scheme implementation (for instance RScheme) to run on the bare metal, or even to divert a Java OS to run Lisp instead of Java. There was even a split mailing-list: lispvm, for people stressing the need to define a virtual machine.

LispOS was an effort completely independent from the Tunes project: LispOS was started independently, by independent people, with independent goals. We at the Tunes project host this archive of the LispOS list, because we think it had an unusually high signal/noise ratio on topics that interest us. Tunes as a project wishes good luck to all LispOS people, whatever their personal choice (as long as they don't make proprietary software), and followed their progress with interest.

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the LispOS Archives.

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