[LMH]FPGA / microcode
James A. Crippen
Sun Mar 7 19:23:01 2004
Mike McDonald <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Oh no! Not the dreaded "lets write a LispOS from scratch" thread
> again! :-)
Yes, let's keep it off here, please. People who want a PC Lisp OS
should look at Movitz. Hardware hackers can of course do whatever
they'd like, but this is probably not the best place to discuss it
unless it's a hardware emulator of one of the existing LispMs, in
which case it's totally on topic.
Not that I mind the list traffic or anything, but I just don't think
we should resurrect the LispOS thread. It lowers the S/N ratio far too
much. And poor kappa is drowning under spam already...
> The LispM environment is the result of a lot of very smart people
> putting in a lot of years work on it. It's not something that is
> easily duplicated.
This is even more true than people often think. Consider that both
Symbolics and LMI never abandoned the MIT sources to start over. And
TI kept with the MIT sources as well. Even Genera 8.3 still includes
an enormous amount of MIT code, because it's far too much work to
throw away. People love to talk about creating OSes and OEs from
scratch, but very few people seem to enjoy actually doing the work.
(I should be one to talk. I never get any of my hacking projects
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