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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Re: Operating System Independence
Date Wed, 18 Oct 1995 06:15:52 GMT
On Mon, 16 Oct 1995, Robert S. Thau 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.  

I would support as much effort as it took to support all Unices, OS/2 and 
NT.  I think the changes to go to Mac and Windoz are simply too great to 
keep the server a lean beast - I fear we would end up looking like 
www-lib code :)  

Another tack, of course, is to rewrite apache into java...


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