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Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 16:36:53 -0800

From:   Eric Armstrong

Subject:   Alliance and Partners

Thanks, Rod [for your letter on November 22, 2000...]
Unfortunately, even the kernel for a system that will meet the requirements is exceedingly complex.
There is a reason for adducing those requirements, unfortunately. I say "unfortunately", because experiences shows that if the foundation is not laid properly to begin with, it is extraordinarily hard to add the requisite functionality later on.
That imposes a certain level of complexity at the outset. However I can say with certainty, at this juncture, that I know why we haven't yet seen anything like what we really need. It's just a really hard problem to solve.


Eric Armstrong