Christopher rites in part:
>1. It is HUGE. It eats up tons of disk and ram space...
>2. It requires installing other packages like perl...
>3. Since you have to use a web browser, you have to either run SATAN from
> the console ...
You noticed that. However just because that is true of the current version,
does not mean that it will not be ported elsewhere v1.0 of *anything*
rarely resembles a real product (the miracle is not that it works so well,
the miracle is that it works at all). Perhaps we should thank Dan for making
it so feature-rich.
Truth is that I do not see anything in there that cannot be accomplished
with a notebook PC (not offering to do it, isn't what I get paid for and
have better things to do with spare time). Nor is the Mosaic stuff anything
but a pretty.
However it is a template for the wannabees who can read the code that says
Do this then do this... Figure someone will port it to a PC (is there a
BSD or Linux version of Perl ? If not, there soon will be.) RSN and then
what ? My guess would be two weeks after the Easter break, all it takes is
-=>one<=- talented and motivated individual with a lot of free time.
Fact is that it takes a lot less brilliance to take a sequence that is known
to work and report it than it does to create the sequence in the first place.
So while the released version is humongous and usable only by a sysadmin with
cycles to burn, the next version won't be. Not a question of "If" just "When".