FYI: "FSF work on a GNU OS" posted to comp.arch

Norman Yarvin yarvin-norman at
Wed May 8 13:56:42 AEST 1991

Mariusz at (Mariusz Stanczak) quotes:
>|   The Free Software Foundation is beginning work on a GNU operating
>|   system built on top of the Mach 3.0 microkernel.  There are three
>|   goals to this project worth noting:
>|   o Binary compatability with 4.4 BSD

The problem with this that the Mach 'microkernel' is about as big as the
entire 3b1 OS, and then some monster compatible with 4.4BSD is to run as a
process on _top_ of that.  There is no way it will fit in a 3b1.

The other factor to note is that this is _very_ heavy vaporware.  Even the
details of 4.4BSD are not yet out, mostly because it is still in the process
of being written.

Norman Yarvin					yarvin-norman at
 "Do not think what you want to think until you know what you ought to know."
  (Crow's Law)

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