Subject: Re: torvalds
From: David Fetter <>
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2001 18:19:13 -0700

On Sat, Oct 20, 2001 at 03:07:58PM -0700, Glen Starchman wrote:
> On Saturday 20 October 2001 13:52, Mark Eichin wrote:

> > (Then again - is anyone here *building* from-the-metal-up in a
> > free software business?  Or are we all just using free operating
> > systems as leverage [which they certainly provide...])

> I am currently "deep in investigation" on a project using OSKit and
> related to home networking/home automation. Essentially a tiny
> kernel with a tiny network stack, some X10 capabilities, a scripting
> language (either a stripped down Python, or my own variation of the
> NJS javascript engine).  The whole thing can (will) run on an
> embedded x86 chip.  Sure, I could use one of the embedded Linuxen,
> but I don't need any FS support, etc... and rolling a quick kernel
> to "run on the metal" is fairly trivial with OSKit.

This leads to an interesting do you decide when to use
and tweak an already-rolled app, and when it'd be less hassle to make
a new one?

David Fetter
phone +1 415 567 2690  fax: +1 415 567 2340