[FreeVMS] Re: My views on the project


Subject: [FreeVMS] Re: My views on the project
From: BERTRAND JoŽl (joel.k.bertrand@free.fr)
Date: Thu Oct 18 2001 - 14:59:02 CEST


Miguel Mendez wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I just joined this mail list. I have had thoughts of a free vms
> implementation for a time myself, and was glad to see this project. What I
> had in mind so far was this:
>
> 1. - Mimic the PROM of a VAX system, implemented as second stage loader.
> I've done some parts of this, currently testing it and playing with it. This
> probably is not 100% necessary but would give us a consistent boot system
> across platforms (i386, PPC, Alpha...)

        I looked for a SRM-like console, but the PROM of a VAX system is a good
idea.

> 2. - Begin with an already existing unix, I thought FreeBSD, but that's coz
> I love it, Linux or any other one would do equally well. Implement VMS
> services as a kind of 'emulation layer' (Think a mix of WINE and kernel mods
> here)
>
> 3. - As time goes morph the kernel and filesystem hierarchy until we get as
> close as possible to VMS.
>
> With this system we don't need to start from scratch, we can reuse tested
> code, although it will be a lot of work already.
>
> What do you think?

        I agree !

        Regards,

        JKB

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