Microsoft shopping for Java alternative

Tim Rowledge rowledge at
Sat Feb 13 05:19:43 UTC 1999

> >In the past, I believe Smalltalk did
> >run on bare hardware (perhaps those who know could fill us in on what
> >facilities where available).
Well, there _was_ this MediaTalk that ran on a cute StrongARM powered
pad-like machine with no OS except that provided by the Squeak-derived IDE.
Even the realtime scheduling of interrupts was done via an extended
scheduler. Alas, t'is no more.... 'cept the code is available if anyone
really wants it.

Then again, the Alto/Dorado implementation ran on pretty much bare
machines, depending on who is telling you about it. And didn't the Momenta
V286 based machines run pretty much bareback?


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