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From r..@ai.mit.edu (Robert S. Thau)
Subject Re: Operating System Independence
Date Mon, 16 Oct 1995 12:51:11 GMT
  Now, I think it would be an interesting exercise to see how much of
  the server can be made OS-independent, as long as it doesn't include
  Mac and Windows*.  I know that those two would be hell, and there just
  isn't any value in doing the port (Chuck and Bob have already covered
  those platforms with servers designed specifically for those OSes).

But is there any value in ports to a platform other than these?  I don't
see any virtue in turning the code inside-out to capture the enormous
OpenVMS user base (and that's one of the ones with a Posix binding anyway).
To first approximation, Mac and Windows are the only OSes with enough of
a user base to be worth the trouble.  (A second approximation would include
large server mainframe OSes, but the people who use those probably would not
be interested in freeware anyway).

rst

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