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From ga...@main.slink.com (Garey Smiley)
Subject Re: Operating System Independence
Date Mon, 16 Oct 1995 09:52:03 GMT
On Mon, 16 Oct 1995 08:51:11 -0400 you wrote:

>  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).

How about OS/2 (9 million users) since the port is already done.


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