Subject: Re: Why choose Clisp over CMUCL?
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: 28 Apr 2001 04:33:56 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <9cdh7k$3qsjb$>
Ted Sandler  <> wrote:
| Why does Clisp seem so much more popular & widely supported than CMUCL
| when CMUCL is a more "industrial strength" lisp?

1. CLISP is smaller and starts up faster.

2. It's almost *trivial* to build CLISP from sources on a new platform
   compared to building CMUCL on a new platform (or even on the *same*
   platform, for that matter!).

Having said that, I don't agree with your implied assertion that
CLISP is either more popular *or* more "widely supported" (whatever
that means) than CMUCL (or the converse). Both have their followers.
Both have fairly good levels of support -- albeit from volunteers,
in both cases.


Rob Warnock, 31-2-510
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