[E-Lang] 30 Years Wandering in the Desert

Jonathan S. Shapiro shap@cs.jhu.edu
Sun, 04 Feb 2001 14:00:10 -0500


"Mark S. Miller" wrote:
> Outside this list, the question isn't new.  There have been various attempt
> to borrow some of the properties of capabilities and splice them into
> various other architecture, such as "Posix Capabilities" and the Java 2
> security architecture.  Both of these use the term "capabilities" for
> non-capabilities, which is confusing, but they do so because they borrow
> some elements from capabilities in order to reap partial benefits.

The POSIX attempt never had anything to do with capabilities at all.
Their use of the term "capabilities" to confuse and mislead was
deliberate.