Re: XORBA, XELDA, antileasing, presence, and other random thoughts

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From: Adam L. Beberg (
Date: Tue Aug 22 2000 - 16:34:17 PDT

On Tue, 22 Aug 2000, Jeff Bone wrote:

> In general, I agree with Adam's screed, here, but I will note that
> TCP does *not* in itself provide semantics for object-level naming
> and invocation of operations on thusly named objects.

Yes yes, details, but the overall idea is what's happening, taking
existing stuff, wrapping XML around it, and calling it new.

> Side note: Adam, if you're so against wheel reinvention, ahem
> semantic extension and layering, why are *you* doing it too?
> Admitting to only a cursory level of understanding, it's not clear
> to me what class of applicaitons are enabled / what unique problems
> are solved by COSM that weren't solved by any of: ONC RPC, DCE,
> Sprite, Linda, Amoeba, CORBA, PVM, Clouds, Helios, etc. etc. etc.

Well, if any of the Cosm info was actually public somewhere.. but it's
not.. so... Cosm itself isn't groundbreaking, it's the stuff around it
that is new... Yes we're having a "branding" problem, since Cosm is the
project, not a product, and it's a name not an acronym.

The thing, whatever we end up naming itm is really a giant kick in the
arse to the industry (and the open sourcers too). Stay tuned, who knows
if I can pull this off or not.

- Adam L. Beberg
  Mithral Communications & Design, Inc.
  The Cosm Project - -

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