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lispm's at home
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 1991 08:00 EDT
From: email@example.com (Willie Lim)
From: cmaeda@EXXON-VALDEZ.FT.CS.CMU.EDU (Christopher Maeda)
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 91 15:56:17 EDT
Now that I-machines and RISC chips have made G-machines only fit for
home use :-), I was wondering what the cost would be to be able to
legally run Genera at home.
Last time I checked, there was a $10k license transfer fee and maybe
$1-2k per year to keep the license current. Has Symbolics adjusted
this pricing structure to reflect market reality yet?
The $11-12K price tag (just so that people can legally use a Symbolics
at home) is not competitive with the Unix workstations that are out
there (and their prices are dropping as we "talk"). Now if they get
rid of the license transfer fee, that would be another matter. :-)
If Symbolics can be competitive in price, there is perhaps some
business potential here for them to remarket their old LISPM models
for the home hackers.
The license transfer fee varies according to system type and country.
It's normally waived in the US if the recipient is an academic
institution. It's also typically lower than the numbers you cite (in
the US) for older machines.
Contact your local Symbolics sales rep for more specific information.