Subject: Re: torvalds
From: Glen Starchman <glenstar2@home.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2001 20:26:52 -0700

On Saturday 20 October 2001 18:19, David Fetter wrote:
> > 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 question...how do you decide when to use
> and tweak an already-rolled app, and when it'd be less hassle to make
> a new one?

I think that decision is very subjective, depending on the expertise of 
the team trying to do the implementation. In my estimation, 9 times out 
of 10 it is better to use an already established product; for that 1 
time, sometimes you have to just roll up your sleeves and go for it.