Squeak at MIT -- Project Notebook
Squeak represents a new level of portability and wider deployability
of Smalltalk. Smalltalk represents an attractive approach to
development and deployment of applications. There is value in making
squeak available to the wider MIT community so that interested people
could become familiar with it, and perhaps develop useful
applications, taking advantage of Squeak's ubituity, and Smalltalk's
ease of use.
The primary objective of this project is to make Squeak available on
all popular Athena Platforms: SGI IRIX, Sun Solaris, and RedHat
The desired outcomes of making Squeak available on those platforms
are, in priority order:
- Enable a broader audience to experiment with Squeak and
conveniently use it.
- Explore novel applications employing features unique to Squeak.
- Feed what is learned at MIT back to the Squeak core team. This
includes experience, bugs identified, bug fixes formulated, and
enhancements developed here.
A secondary objective would be to deploy to end-users novel
applications developed under squeak. This objective is secondary to
the mission of making a convenient Squeak developer deployment happen.
Once that developer deployment is done, priority can be given to the
objective of deploying end-user Squeak applications.
As of 12 March 1999 Deliverables 1, 2, and 3 have been delivered:
- Mailing lists for developers and users along with archives
- A consistent Squeak execution environment for use on Athena consisting of:
- Squeak 2.3 source, image, and changes files installed in a locker.
- VM's for Sun and SGI
- A convenient wrapper script that will give each user their own copy of
the required read/write files such as Squeak2.3.image
- A consistent source and build tree so that developers can build the VM
- squeak-dev mailing list and discuss meeting for developers
- squeak-users mailing list and discuss meeting for users
- /mit/squeak is the squeak locker containing the build and execution stuff
including the wrapper script.
- DONE Obtain Squeak 2.3 image, changes file, source file, and VM
- DONE Deploy Solaris VM.
- Determine conventions for making Linux VM available.
- Deploy Linux VM
- DONE Build for Solaris to confirm VM source build works.
- DONE Build for SGI IRIX 6.3.
- DONE Build for SGI IRIX 6.2. (Try and do the 6.3 build so it works for
- DONE Investigate teaching X support to ask for visual with more bits
per pixel than the DefaultVisual.
- DONE Get X code reviewed, and try and get it into the core source tree.
- DONE Write wrapper to run squeak conveniently
- See if there is a SQUEAKHOME or /tmp/squeak- if none.
- Warn if image is newer, ask if refresh desired.
- Copy image and changes to SQUEAKHOME if desired, missing, or
command line says to.
- Start squeak (with memory -16m) -- in latest VM source REBUILD to roll out.
- Announce squeak locker (when wrapper is working).
- DONE Create squeak-users list.
- DONE Create squeak-dev list.
Last updated: $Date: 1999/03/17 03:42:21 $ by $Author: wdc $.