[TUHS] UNIX of choice these days?
wes.parish at paradise.net.nz
Wed Sep 27 09:22:33 AEST 2017
FWIW, I got the idea from finding out what SCSI was supposed to be - a set of devices with everything
on the same level as a node, controller included. I was reading Tanenbaum's Minix book at the time and
liked the idea of everything as a file, so "everything as a file" and "every device as a node" just clicked as
ideal complements - with "everything designed to do one thing (only) and do it well" being self-evident,
or so I thought. Nanokernels in every device, naturally, with some form of authentication being one of
the few things built-in, was something else I considered self-evident.
I've thought a lot of things self-evident. :)
Quoting Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com>:
> So maybe Ron Minnich will remember this. Back in the days of 10Mbit
> ethernet I was pushing for 100Mbit. Part of what I wanted was ethernet
> all the way out to the disk drives. It was a little ahead of its time,
> the idea was to run Linux on the general purpose processor and be able
> to send the questions to the drive rather than slurping all the data
> across and pawing through it on the main CPU. That was part of the
> idea, the other part was power over ethernet and you need more space?
> Just plug in a drive.
> It's been over 20 years since I proposed that and things are starting
> to look up a little. Western Digital made a version of what I wanted,
> an ethernet attached drive with a key/value store on the drive. Not
> quite there but closer. And I just stumbled across this:
> Not sure how well that will work but it's interesting that people are
> working on it.
> On Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 01:42:43PM +1300, Wesley Parish wrote:
> > Yes. I thought it made a lot of sense.
> > Quoting Tony Finch <dot at dotat.at>:
> > > Wesley Parish <wes.parish at paradise.net.nz> wrote:
> > >
> > > > I once thought of developing a computer where everything from the
> > > core
> > > > functions to the peripherals was a network node. In effect
> > > the
> > > > bus. I found references to a Cambridge U (UK) computer system
> > > > purported to do just that but couldn't find any more info on it.
> > >
> > > The Desk Area Network, perhaps?
> > > http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/research/srg/dan.html
> > >
> > > Tony.
> > > --
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> > "I have supposed that he who buys a Method means to learn it." -
> Ferdinand Sor,
> > Method for Guitar
> > "A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on." -- Samuel
> Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com http://www.mcvoy.com/lm
"I have supposed that he who buys a Method means to learn it." - Ferdinand Sor,
Method for Guitar
"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on." -- Samuel Goldwyn
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