The Unix Haters' Handbook
derschjo at msu.edu
Mon Apr 7 22:31:01 CDT 2008
I think it'd certainly be possible. Symbolics did a "port" of Genera to
the Alpha (ran under Tru64 unix) called OpenGenera; Brad Parker's done
an amd64-linux port of that port (which I don't know the legal status
of). See http://labs.aezenix.com/lispm/index.php?title=VLM_On_Linux.
(I've tried it, it's /bleeding fast/ on modern PC hardware. It's also
buggy at the moment :)).
There are other "lisp directly on the hardware" OSes for modern hardware
but I haven't looked into them very deeply yet.
Liam Proven wrote:
> On 07/04/2008, Josh Dersch <derschjo at msu.edu> wrote:
>> I like to quote Jamie Zawinski on UNIX: "Of all the operating systems
>> that are at all relevant today, Unix is the best of a bad lot."
> Sounds like a paraphrase of Winston Churchill:
> "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government
> except all the others that have been tried."
>> User friendliness, error handling, and consistency at the command line
>> is still a problem -- and this is one of those cases where people don't
>> even /realize /how limiting that is -- use a Lisp Listener on a 'bolix
>> for 10 minutes and you'll realize how much better a CLI could be
>> (command completion, inline help, /helpful error messages/)... same goes
>> for documentation -- the LispM had graphical, hypertext sensitive
>> documentation available at a mouse click or a press of the "Help" key
>> whereas in UNIX it's still man or info pages displayed in a terminal
>> window, for the most part. This may be less of an issue for the
>> user-friendly Linux distros (Ubuntu, etc.) which are less CLI oriented.
> I know SQR(fsck all) about Lisp Machines, but in these days of
> high-powered PCs, would it be viable to create some form of
> implementation of the LispM OS on x86? Even if it required some kind
> of emulation layer underneath for content-addressable memory or
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