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Re: [SuSE Linux] ZDNN: Key executives plan to leave Netscape
- From: jlkreps@xxxxxxxxx (Jerry Lynn Kreps)
- Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 12:42:52 -0500
- Message-id: <3718C81C.114166C7@xxxxxxxxx>
Robert Russell wrote:
> I'm afraid that I'm a little limited in your professional area, but
> programming was one of the things that caught my attention in Linux; C,
> as well, and a few other languages, such as forth.
Oh, Forth! I love that language. In 1980 I and two other business
partners purchased the distributorship for a twelve state area for a
product called SAVVY. It was a natural language-artificial intelligence
database system, written in PolyForth. I started playing with the
language after I read a book called "Learning Forth" by Dave Brodie. It
was funny and informative, the best book on Forth I've read yet. With
SAVVY I created a skeleton BIG-5 accounting system and payroll package
that I bundled with the SAVVY peripheral card that I sold to a market of
3,200 Apple computer retail stores. Servicing those stores is the
reason I got my private pilot's license.
> A unix-like OS just seemed to good to pass up. The learning curve has
> been pretty steep as I work in AutoCAD and programming has been limited
> to very simple autolisp routines to aid in large projects, but as I said
Last year I downloaded a professional CAD system for called Varkon,
which had been available commercially for several years ($795/seat), but
the Linux the Linux version binary was free. I had used Generic Cad and
later AutoCad for Windows 1.0 for plotting crime scenes that I had been
asked to do balistics investigations on (I used to teach Physics at a
small midwestern college). A couple of months ago the Linux version
source code was donated to the Open Source movement and placed under GNU
license. It is an awesome CAD system, including 3-D renditions. It
also has a very powerful basic-like script language for creating
specialized scenes and computer driven animations.
> I see much more of a future in Linux than in the "other guy."
It's fun being on the leading edge of the biggest wave swell on the
> Thanks for the welcome aboard!
Thank Linus, he started it all!
Linux, because it's STABLE, the source code is included, the price is
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