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"Richard L. Conn" <[log in to unmask]>
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Richard L. Conn
Wed, 1 Dec 1999 08:17:40 -0500
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Hi, Jacob,

A real-time, possibly safety-critical OS that is free?
One that is efficient and embeds easily?

Makes a lot of sense to me.  Excellent idea.  Imagine
the existing Ada infrastructure including an OS
in a completely integrated fashion.  I buy an Ada
compiler and get a real-time, safety critical OS along
with it.

Free is great ... the universities may look at something
like this.  But commercial is also good ... as good as

Richard Conn, ASE and PAL Manager

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Jacob Sparre Andersen
> Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 1999 6:07 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: What the competition looks like
> Stanley Allen:
> > For better or worse, Richard Conn is right about
> > trying to compete with Microsoft on its main turf.
> Yes.
> It is of cause important to try to expand in those of the
> existing markets, where it is possible, but we should be
> aware that many successes in the software industry weren't
> "invasions" into existing territories, but more like
> creation of new territory.
> Our problem is that we aren't that many people in the Ada
> community, but hopefully our ingeniouity (sp?) can do what
> our numbers can't. We should look more for new things to do
> (I like the idea of "designing" chips in Ada, even if it
> isn't a completely new idea) rather than try to fight our
> way into other's settlements.
> I kind of like the idea of writing an operating system in
> Ada, but we shouldn't just recreate Linux, MSW, OS/2, or
> whatever our favourite operating system happens to be. If we
> do it, it should be designed completely in the "Ada spirit"
> (whatever that means in operating system and user interface
> design).
> I must admit that I have one "invade existing territory"
> idea. - I don't know how many of you had a look at the
> Mozilla portability guidelines, but when I read them, my
> first thought was that if similar restrictions were imposed
> on an Ada programmer, he could just as well code in Pascal.
> Would it be stupid to attempt to write a portable
> browser/HTML renderer in Ada? If our propaganda is true it
> shouldn't take nearly as much work as the Mozilla project.
> This could also gain valuable statistics for a comparison of
> Ada95 and "C++".
> Jacob (who still wants a "HTTP daemon library" in Ada)
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