RE: OS X & Rhapsody

Joe Barrera (
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 14:58:11 -0700

Ah, argument by profanity. Very persuasive.

Perhaps you missed my point, which was not about "pretty innovations" per
se, as it was about how to migrate an existing user base from one OS
(written for early 80s personal machines with virtually no memory or
processing power) to another (written for mid 90s personal machines),
without requiring a massive rewrite of all the apps that made the earlier OS
such a success.

> administration interfaces / concepts, etc. etc... Need we bring up the
> grotesque *differences* between the vendor's two systems (95 and NT) and
> contrast them with the *cross-vendor* portability of POSIX? How about

Oh, and I can't really let this pass. POSIX, yes, what a useful standard.
Funny how when NT 3.1 came with a POSIX compliant subsystem, everyone
bitched about what a useless subset of Unix functionality it provided.
Sorry, guys, that's all the Unix guys could agree to.

(Out of curiosity, can gnu-emacs even be implemented on pure POSIX? Or is
POSIX not gnu-complete? :-)

Joseph S. Barrera III
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