[Oberon] A4 ? was: Re (2): Oberon Digest, Vol 104, Issue 2

Bob Walkden bob at web-options.com
Sat Dec 8 00:59:37 CET 2012

> IMO adults/experienced-users shouldn't be using graphical-browsers.



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> From: eas lab [mailto:lab.eas at gmail.com]
> Sent: 07 December 2012 18:30
> To: ETH Oberon and related systems
> Subject: Re: [Oberon] A4 ? was: Re (2): Oberon Digest, Vol 104, Issue 2
> >>And can A4 do so?
> ?> What is A4?
> That's the 'get up to date' version of AOS!
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> D> The web browser was painfully slow, etc etc
> F>You are right about the web-server. It is neither particularly fast,
> F>nor is it maintained. I never use it.
> AFAIK a 'browser' is just a http-fetcher & a parser/renderer.
> OTOH I could never get registered/logged-in with the AOS 'server'.
> I'm confused; why should the BROWSER be slow.
> IMO adults/experienced-users shouldn't be using graphical-browsers.
> Can A2's browser do https, like for gmail?
> Text only is good, like Linux:links.
> F> you should not forget that A2, or AOS as it was called previously,
> F> was a research OS in the first place. A2, running on Active Oberon,
> F> features multi-threaded (multi-core / multi-processor) applications.
> F> The kernel is as small as can be for a multi-core environment. No
> F> heavyweight processes, only fast context switches etc.
> Yes, I see AOS as the equivalent to the linux-kernel in the linux/GNU
> combination.  Where small, ... multi-core environment is an issue, I
> have no doubt that it's as excellent as other Wirth influenced
> products.
> We, however operate much closer to the 'human interface'.
> As an example the simple 'task-loop' of ETHO was no problem, but the
> fact that the default-font failed to distinguish between "-" & "_"
> [WOA! it's still broken on LEO] means that EVERY new user, and old ones
> too, had failures for manually entered URLs.

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