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"Richard L. Conn" <[log in to unmask]>
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
free?

Rick
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Richard Conn, ASE and PAL Manager
http://xenadu.home.mindspring.com/

> -----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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