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 for Foonly
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Foonly
   n.
  
      1. The PDP-10 successor that was to have been built by the Super Foonly
      project at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory along with a new
      operating system. (The name itself came from FOO NLI, an error message
      emitted by a PDP-10 assembler at SAIL meaning ?FOO is Not a Legal
      Identifier?. The intention was to leapfrog from the old DEC timesharing
      system SAIL was then running to a new generation, bypassing TENEX which at
      that time was the ARPANET standard. ARPA funding for both the Super Foonly
      and the new operating system was cut in 1974. Most of the design team went
      to DEC and contributed greatly to the design of the PDP-10 model KL10.
  
      2. The name of the company formed by Dave Poole, one of the principal Super
      Foonly designers, and one of hackerdom's more colorful personalities. Many
      people remember the parrot which sat on Poole's shoulder and was a regular
      companion.
  
      3. Any of the machines built by Poole's company. The first was the F-1
      (a.k.a. Super Foonly), which was the computational engine used to create
      the graphics in the movie TRON. The F-1 was the fastest PDP-10 ever built,
      but only one was ever made. The effort drained Foonly of its financial
      resources, and the company turned towards building smaller, slower, and
      much less expensive machines. Unfortunately, these ran not the popular {
      TOPS-20 but a TENEX variant called Foonex; this seriously limited their
      market. Also, the machines shipped were actually wire-wrapped engineering
      prototypes requiring individual attention from more than usually competent
      site personnel, and thus had significant reliability problems. Poole's
      legendary temper and unwillingness to suffer fools gladly did not help
      matters. By the time DEC's ?Jupiter Project? followon to the PDP-10 was
      cancelled in 1983, Foonly's proposal to build another F-1 was eclipsed by
      the Mars, and the company never quite recovered. See the Mars entry for
      the continuation and moral of this story.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Foonly
  
     1. The PDP-10 successor that was to have been built by the
     Super Foonly project at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence
     Laboratory along with a new operating system.  The intention
     was to leapfrog from the old DEC time-sharing system SAIL
     was then running to a new generation, bypassing TENEX which at
     that time was the ARPANET standard.  ARPA funding for
     both the Super Foonly and the new operating system was cut in
     1974.  Most of the design team went to DEC and contributed
     greatly to the design of the PDP-10 model KL10.
  
     2. The name of the company formed by Dave Poole, one of the
     principal Super Foonly designers, and one of hackerdom's more
     colourful personalities.  Many people remember the parrot
     which sat on Poole's shoulder and was a regular companion.
  
     3. Any of the machines built by Poole's company.  The first
     was the F-1 (a.k.a.  Super Foonly), which was the
     computational engine used to create the graphics in the movie
     "TRON".  The F-1 was the fastest PDP-10 ever built, but only
     one was ever made.  The effort drained Foonly of its financial
     resources, and the company turned toward building smaller,
     slower, and much less expensive machines.  Unfortunately,
     these ran not the popular TOPS-20 but a TENEX variant called
     Foonex; this seriously limited their market.  Also, the
     machines shipped were actually wire-wrapped engineering
     prototypes requiring individual attention from more than
     usually competent site personnel, and thus had significant
     reliability problems.  Poole's legendary temper and
     unwillingness to suffer fools gladly did not help matters.  By
     the time of the Jupiter project cancellation in 1983, Foonly's
     proposal to build another F-1 was eclipsed by the Mars, and
     the company never quite recovered.  See the Mars entry for
     the continuation and moral of this story.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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