[Python-Dev] Linus on garbage collection

Xavier Morel catch-all at masklinn.net
Sat May 7 20:31:45 CEST 2011

On 2011-05-07, at 03:39 , Glyph Lefkowitz wrote:
> I don't know if there's a programming language and runtime with a real-time, VM-cooperating garbage collector that actually exists today which has all the bells and whistles required to implement an OS kernel, so I wouldn't give the Linux kernel folks too much of a hard time for still using C; but there's nothing wrong with the idea in the abstract.
Not sure it had all those bells and whistles, and there were other issues, but I believe Lisp Machines implemented garbage collection at the hardware (or at least microcode) level, and the OS itself provided a pretty direct interface to it (it was part of the core services).

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