Technology of the technologies (WAS: A Lisper asks, "Am I supposed to like Smalltalk?")

tim Rowledge tim at
Mon May 22 00:59:59 UTC 2006

On 21-May-06, at 5:36 PM, Todd Blanchard wrote:

> Of course, now that Macs are based on Intel as well - this should  
> make the whole thing lots easier - just support intel.

Sadly this is almost true and I wonder how much damage a monoculture  
is going to cause in the long term.  I don't think there has ever  
been a case where catastrophe didn't follow.

Sort of good news is that the remaining major architecture is ARM,  
which utterly dominates non-desktop systems. Last year approximately  
1.6*billion* ARMs were sold. I'm fairly sure that is a good bit more  
than sales of x86 units. Now if only we could do a decent job of  
using a load of ARMs instead of one or two x86. We'd save a lot of  
power but we'd have to start doing a better job of using multiple  
cpus effectively; but then we need to do that anyway.

tim Rowledge; tim at;
Useful random insult:- Looks for the "Any" key.

More information about the Squeak-dev mailing list