Python Operating System???
macrocosm at fastmail.fm
Sun Jan 9 10:01:08 EST 2005
Paul Rubin wrote:
>>OK, then give me an example of Lisp OS that runs on a PC. I would like to
>>install it on my PC tomorrow. Or maybe my Mac. That was your whole point,
>>originally, that since it could be done in Lisp, why not Python?
>Huh? That's a non-sequitur, nothing prevents you from running Lisp on
>your PC or Mac. The same issues issues that apply to OS code, also
>apply to user code. The Lisp machine hardware wasn't needed only to
>make the OS run fast. The Lisp machine was developed so that people
>could deploy large user-level applications written in Lisp, and the
>hardware was there to support those applications. And given such a
>good Lisp environment, there was no reason to think of writing the OS
>in anything other than Lisp.
>In fact, the reason the Lisp machine died off was because general
>purpose workstation hardware (and later, PC-class hardware) became
>fast enough to run Lisp applications without needing special purpose
>CPU's. That same PC hardware speed is what makes it possible to run
>user applications in Python.
So true, there was indeed a contextual reason for special hardware, and
the context has since changed (dramatically).
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