How Close can you get to a Lisp Machine?Fri Jan 20, 2012
Aside from the obvious, I mean.
Here's what I've been playing with for the past little while.
Those instructions still work surprisingly well, given that they were published all of 11 years ago. Here's what I did to replicate them
apt-get install clisp x-window-system wget http://beta.quicklisp.org/quicklisp.lisp echo "/usr/bin/clisp" >> /etc/shells
I then installed
quicklisp and ran
(ql:add-to-init-file), then manually added the following to
(ql:quickload (list :cl-fad :cl-ppcre :trivial-shell)) (defun startx () (execute "/usr/bin/X11/xinit"))
and the following to my .xinitrc
clisp -x "(progn (ql:quickload (list :clx :cl-ppcre :stumpwm)) (funcall (intern \"STUMPWM\" :stumpwm)))"
After poking around for a little while and making sure everything worked approximately correctly, I ran
chsh and set my shell to
Performance-wise, it's surprisingly snappy given
a) what it's running on b) that there are at least 3 instances of
clisp at work at any given time. It's a toy, but quite a quick and fun toy, actually.
Now, granted, the title is supposed to be taken with a grain of salt1, but this still feels like it's approaching the target. What I've got running is a fully open system2 that implements most of its components in Lisp (the shell is Clisp, the WM is Stump and the editor is Emacs). I suppose I could also throw in Closure3 and [Climacs](http://common-lisp.net/project/climacs/) as well, but I'm done playing for today.
- Since I've never used an actual LISP Machine or even the Open Genera System. Incidentally, these links are here to remind me to look into it when I have a spare moment, so I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to say "never used 'em".↩
- Except that it uses b43-fwcutter for the wireless card.↩
- As an aside, that meme-space is getting pretty crowded. To the point that I have to disambiguate in conversation. There's Clojure (the language), Clozure (the Common Lisp implementation) and Closure (the common-lisp based browser/html-parser)↩