Re: Working Within the System

From: Martin Ling (
Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 08:37:11 MDT

On Tue, May 02, 2000 at 06:26:53PM +1000, Emlyn (pentacle) wrote:
> Martin Ling wrote:
> > > Anyone who is bored by such discussion, just remember that your future
> > > wearables/surgical implants may very well run an MS or MS derived OS,
> >
> > At the moment, I do find this quite unlikely. I'm active on some of
> > the wearable lists, and have my own construction in progress (minus the
> > display, for now).
> Which lists would be good for a wearable-wannabe like myself? I'm not much
> of a hardware junky... I just want to be a robot. Too much Doctor Who when I
> was a littlun. I saw the cybermen, and thought "Now there's a plan...".

At the moment, I would advise you join wear-hard (send to with 'subscribe' in body), as it is
currently where pretty much all the action is, & all topics are
discussed. Just ignore particularly technical posts - some of it
goes over my head too :)

The other lists I am involved in are the UK regional one, and a private
list developing the site.

> Completely off topic, my personal continuing investigation of COM (MS
> architecture for bits of programs to talk to each other) has led to the
> interesting information that Linux now has COM, which the Kylix project
> (Delphi on Linux, a Borland/Inprise project) will use to make Delphi work on
> Linux, and make Delphi code portable between Windows and Linux (I imagine
> with severe restrictions). More interesting than that is the very real idea
> that a heterogeneous network of Linux & Windows machines can have programs
> communicating via COM (more correctly DCOM), which is really a very high
> level communications architecture. So some really hardcore interoperability
> between Linux and Windows is becoming available.

Linux does have some very interesting ideas of its own in this area,
notably the CORBA/Bonobo structures being used in GNOME.

Miguel de Icaza, the lead GNOME developer, discusses the status and
future plans of these in a recent Slashdot interview, which makes good
reading if you are interested in this aspect of application

> So this Linux vs Windows stuff... should we all just kiss and make up? I'm
> using the dark side of the force, in case you haven't noticed.

I would quite like to make this 'discussion' more friendly :-)


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