[NTLK] [OT] New Intel Classmate PC

Lord Groundhog lordgroundhog at gmail.com
Fri Mar 5 09:38:10 EST 2010

~~~ On 2010/03/05 13:37, M. Horvat at redjazz_slo at yahoo.com wrote ~~~

> In my opinion the Newton soup system and just the whole Newton way of doing
> things is the future, with NewtonScript, the Assistant, and everything...

I'll jump in and admit that in theory I completely agree with this.  I'd
love to be using a Newton-like *everything* on my Macs.  The pleasure that
would give me defies description.

But then I have to say that I've heard it said by people more Newt-savvy
than myself that the Newton OS was in need of a major overhaul even to make
it ready for the next generation of Newtons if they hadn't been cut off in
their prime.  So my question is, what would be necessary to make the Newton
OS workable on full-blown hardware in the light of all the things we expect
of our computers that we never asked of our Newtons?

For example, to really rip the lid off both the Newton and our desktops and
laptops, what would have been involved in making NOS happy with my 250GB HD
(and my network and backup arrays), burning CDs and DVDs, an IM client in
the background, producing print-ready documents that incorporate various
kinds of high-quality colour graphics, streaming web content, and all the
rest of the things we take for granted a computer can do?

I'm not asking rhetorical questions there; I honestly don't know.  But I've
heard people (whom I regard as more likely to know) mention these kinds of
things as potential obstacles.  I wasn't in a position to ask for
explanations at that time, but I am here so there are the questions.

And supposing those things aren't really obstacles after all, the obvious
question to ask next is, well then, what *are* the obstacles?  Or to put it
another way, why don't we have it already (apart from the copyright

Nothing would make me happier than to have my MacBook (or for the sake of
aesthetics, my Pismo) running "NOS 2010.1" with SilverWare's MoreInfo and
maybe "Opera for NOS" and MailV+++ or whatever they'd call it, and so on.

But what would it take to create the version of NOS that would make it


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