MC68000 port

David Gould <>
Sat Mar 3 00:52:27 CET 2001

On Fri, Mar 02, 2001 at 10:20:32PM +0100, Vlad Dumitrescu wrote:
> > | My hidden thought is about having Erlang on my Palm thingy :-) Just think
> > | how cool it would be to have two Pilots talking over the IR!
> > 
> > I would love to have the BEAM specification (with all the opcodes, ...).
> > I would then volunteer to make a beam interpreter on the Palm (using Forth
> > probably to get a very small overhead compared to C).
> That's an interesting way of solving the interpreter, but in order to make it really work one has to provide some kind of replacement for things that aren't present in PalmOS, like for example a file system. The code module needs it, if not anything else.

I think it might be a lot more interesting to port it to Strongarm, then
it could run under Linux on the iPaq and similar hardware.

Another interesting idea is to use SAE to make something like busybox.
Busybox is a single program that can be invoked by different names (links)
and provides most of the traditional unix toolkit (ls, grep, tar etc), but
is much smaller than the aggregate size of the tools it replaces.

This, along with a normal Erlang node to handle networked services would
give most of the functionality (except for X) of a unix system, but in
Erlang, not C. So it might be missing some features, like stack smashes
and rootshells, but I am willing to put up with some deficienies ;-)


David Gould                               510 536 1443
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