[Oberon] OLPC - One Laptop Per Child

Chris Burrows chris at cfbsoftware.com
Wed Dec 13 01:21:37 MET 2006

> I guess I feel jaded after maybe 15 years of wondering how to 
> make Oberon more accepted.  

Don't worry - we just arrived at the party before everybody else did. They
got held up somewhere but will be arriving soon. 

Even now Oberon is still ahead of its time - the way it slotted relatively
painlessly (in the guise of Component Pascal) into the .NET environment was
a good demonstration of that. Remember that it was nearly 15 years after
Pascal's debut before it really took off on microcomputers. And yet another
12 years later (in the form of Delphi) that it probably got its widest
following (estimates of 2 million developers at its peak).

Oberon will have its time and place but perhaps not exactly in its present
form. Maybe a universal limited-resource device is the sort of launching pad
that will make a significant difference.

Chris Burrows
CFB Software

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