Bootstrappable language

Cameron Kaiser spectre at floodgap.com
Thu Dec 11 14:37:26 CST 2008


> Another place where Forth has been used: several popular workstations
> use it for their bootloaders.  Sun does (or did) and I think Apple
> does too.  At least I once got an "ok" prompt when I powered up a very
> confused Power Mac... and it answered like Forth interactive mode.

That's OpenFirmware. I'm sure Al Kossow can tell you oodles about that :)
Every PCI-based Power Macintosh up to and through the G5 has it.

My OLPC XO-1 also has OpenFirmware and responds to Forth.

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