Squeak 4.3 released / SOB minutes — 23 Dec.



Welcome to the release of Squeak 4.3.

There aren’t any applications bundled with this release. Instead of working on applications to bundle with the image, core developers have been inspired by the Cog virtual machine to look deeply into the image for things they wanted to change. As a result, the image is becoming smaller, tidier, and nimbler.

There are five Welcome Workspaces in Squeak 4.3. The second is called Future Directions:

– This image is ~15M. If you execute – Smalltalk unloadAllKnownPackages – it will become ~10M

– A SqueakCore image is available at http://ftp.squeak.org/4.3

– A reasonable target is the creation of a smaller image, which may be a task before the community

– A place to explore where to make reductions is likely the removal/replacement of GUIs

– Once we have a smaller core image, we can employ Andreas Raab’s memo [1] on how to load code back into the image. This will be based on tests delineating the separate responsibilities of core and application developers

Happy Holidays Hacking,

the Squeak Oversight Board

3 Responses to “Squeak 4.3 released / SOB minutes — 23 Dec.”

  1. geff Says:

    [1] doesn’t look like a link to a memo. Just a problem ticket

  2. Ted van Gaalen Says:

    why the effort to make it smaller? 15 megabyte is near to nothing as most computers have 2-4 gigabyte of memory? Seems to quite unnecessary, unless you desire to make a mobile/tablet version? that would be nice! If you could make it run on e.g. Android
    kind regards

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