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[REBOL] Re: Q: Rebol Express? IOS?

From: holger:rebol at: 13-Sep-2001 10:34

On Thu, Sep 13, 2001 at 09:48:02AM -0700, Lok Yek Soon wrote:
> Just a question to clarify some doubts? > > Is Rebol Express the same as IOS?
We will define these things in more detail very soon. For now, in a nutshell: REBOL/IOS is an enabling technology, consisting of protocols, concepts, APIs, hierarchies, modules, security models and algorithms etc. REBOL/IOS (Internet Operating System) is not a traditional computer operating system. It is an Internet-wide operating system, providing Internet-wide services and a common framework for distributed, platform-independent applications. IOS is to the Internet what an OS is to a PC. IOS does not replace existing operating systems, but augments them, providing some OS-like services across networks. Products using IOS still need an operating system (or at least some BIOS or other kernel) on whatever machine they run on. IOS is independent of the OS in the sense that it is a separate layer, i.e. it can run on any OS and thus any type of machine, all the way down to hand-held devices with minimal kernels. REBOL/Express is a product consisting of REBOL/Link and REBOL/Serve, for secure file sharing, file exchange, communication and collaboration within companies or other communities. REBOL/Express uses a version of REBOL/IOS as its underlying engine, but contains additional features which are not strictly part of IOS, e.g. a particular desktop design in Link. REBOL/IOS in turn was derived from our experience with REBOL/Express. It is the core of REBOL/Express. -- Holger Kruse [holger--rebol--com]