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From "Garey Smiley" <>
Subject Re: wild prediction
Date Sat, 08 Jun 1996 15:23:25 GMT
On Sun, 2 Jun 1996 21:43:29 -0700 (PDT), Brian Behlendorf wrote:

>On Mon, 3 Jun 1996 wrote:
>The thing is stable markets are not necessarily made of competing 
>equivalent platforms.  Imagine if there was another protocol that did 
>pretty much exactly what HTTP did, with the same amount of (in)stability 
>and performance, with a free implementation - would HTTP have survived or 
>would this other-protocol?  When the technology is very close, psychology 
>comes into play, and whichever technology appears to have the slightest 
>lead (like, one side has a group solidly supporting a public-domain 
>server and extending it, etc) then the weight of the world would fall to 
>the other.  However, when the technologies are distinctly different, they 
>can coexist... if OpenDoc were to survive it'd have to distinguish itself 
>from other technologies pretty strongly.  It's not a VM, it's not a 
>remote procedure call technology, it's a compound document and linking 
>technology (right? or are they biting off more these days?)

OpenDoc includes DSOM(distributed system object model) so OpenDoc has
full remote procedure call technology. Also IBM has finished OpenDoc
ports to OS/2 and AIX, and is working on a Windows 3.1 version, along
with 95 and NT.

Garey Smiley
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