Erik Naggum <email@example.com> wrote:
| free software _used_ to be how vendors gave their customers their
| operating systems.
Yup!!! I learned a *lot* (in the early 1970's) from reading the
sources to TOPS-10, the operating system for the DEC PDP-10, which
was shipped with every PDP-10.
One of the lessons that would probably surprise the current generation
of coders: It *is* possible to write disciplined, cleanly-structured,
readable, supportable, and even *OBJECT-ORIENTED* code in assembler!
[Having an assembler with a macro system almost as good as Lisp's certainly
didn't hurt any, though the TOPS-10 kernel didn't stress the macrology all
that much. Well, except maybe in the defsystem-equivalent area...]
Rob Warnock, 8L-855 firstname.lastname@example.org
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