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- Subject: 'Newbie' questions
- From: Aaron Bingham <abingham@xxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 17:22:51 +0200
Well, I'm probably not the typical newbie, but newbie I am. Xanadu
only emerged from the background noise for me a couple of days ago. I
started looking seriously at Xanadu after playing with CritSuite
(http://crit.org), in the hopes that it would help solve some of my
frustrations with the Web. (Answer: maybe, sometimes)
The more I read about Xanadu and play with Udanax Green, the more I am
convinced that the world *needs* this. Xanadu (the idea) solves many
of the problems with computing that have troubled me deeply. Even a
'personal edition' would be extremely valuable for me, though the
complete networked version would of course be worth much more.
Since I think this is such a good thing, I am somewhat perplexed that
the project has recieved so little public attention and corporate
backing. In any case, I have a number of questions I hope someone can
answer. If they're already answered somewhere, please just point me
* Is Green architechtually ready to 'be' Xanadu, or does it have
fundamental limitations that require a new effort (perhaps an
* What limitations of the Green design was Gold intended to fix?
* Why is it important that ZigZag and Xanadu be integrated? ZigZag is
undoubtedly cool--I've played with Gzz a bit--but is it worth
delaying the deployment of Xanadu to redesign it in terms of ZZ?
* Where can I read about the distributed aspects of Xanadu? E.g. how
the enfilade distributes, how caching works, how micro-payments
interact with caching, etc.
* The Udanax Green back end can supposedly store any type of data, but
how can the front end determine the type of a document, since the
back end does not seem to store any type information?
* How would multi-media documents--here meaning those containing any
two distinct types of data, such as text and graphics--be
implemented? Must they be constructed from separate documents (in
the Green sense) using transclusions, or is there another mechanism?
P.S. It's snowing heavily outside. Come on weather, get a clue! It's