[Nottingham] The Wed Kernal Talk/Meeting

James Gibbon nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk
Wed May 14 14:03:01 2003

Martin wrote:

> ... So... despite a hall full of enthusiastic dedicated geeks 
> resplendent with all manner of high tech, there is nothing of Dave 
> Jones' talk other than vague memories of a few late night beers...

The single thing that sticks in my mind about Dave's excellent talk
is the 'altinstructions' idea, whereby, if I understand correctly,
a single 'one size fits all' kernel will feature alternative
sections of optimised code for different architectures.

This strikes me as being a deeply repugnant, thoroughly despicable
hack, frankly - imagine having kernel code which will never be used
taking up valuable memory.  I can only infer that the criminal who
came up with this idea didn't learn to program on a ZX81 like I