[squeak-dev] Election 2008: Answers from Yoshiki
yoshiki at vpri.org
Wed Feb 27 06:17:50 UTC 2008
1. Approximately, how much time do you plan on spending on Squeak during the
coming year (in any kind of unit)?
I will be still spending some chunk of my time constantly on the
development of OLPC Etoys. Also, for making prototypes of new UI
and end-user application, I'll be using Squeak (probably the OLPC
Etoys image). In the longer term, though, VPRI trys to roll out
new system that are not based on Squeak. I'll be working on these
2. What are in your mind the three most important issues (not necessarily
technical) we need to address in the coming year?
Giving somebody(s) the authority of making technical dicisions
would be important to move the community.
3. What is your view on fund raising and how any such collected money should
be dealt with?
For small chunks, simple donations from individuals members in the
community would be good. But honestly I don't see some entity
that offers bigger funding toward Squeak itself. There will be
funding for projects that may use Squeak, but only if these
projects are attractive.
4. What is your view on the ongoing process of making SqueakFoundation a
not-for-profit legal entity?
It is making progress and I hope it goes through. At the same
time, even if it doesn't go through, that wouldn't be a disaster.
It is people's willingness that drives the community.
5. Do you think the Team model is appropriate for organising our efforts or
should we come up with something else?
Team would work better if there is still a leader.
6. Do you have any specific views on how the Squeak board and the Squeak
community should work together with the Squeak satellite communities
(Croquet, Seaside, Sophie, Squeakland, Scratch etc), also referred to as
Share the contributions and insights. Something like DeltaStream,
which increases the visibility of other people's patches and let
us cherry pick them would be good.
I don't see a real merging effort of them will happen, though. I
wouldn't even think about such effort with the OLPC Etoys image
and the mainstream image.
7. The squeak.org release is our most important asset. How do you see it
evolving over the next few years?
For various reasons such as licensing and people's feeling toward
minimum systems, I'd think that we would have two systems. One is
based on a kind of small system that remotely related to current
"Squeak". And another is maintenance versions of current
image(s). The former should have cleaner license, but I think it
is ok to distribute the latter even if some people think that the
license is murky.
8. Do you have any thoughts on the current relicensing effort?
I personally think that the license issue is overrated in the open
source software community. Anybody can sue anybody after all for
anything, so there is no way to achieve "100%" cleanness in this
world. Nonetheless, we should try to do some "reasonable effort"
to relicensing. And, like the Japanese versions and other
languages version of Squeak and Squeakland, people wouldn't stop
using, and that wouldn't be a problem.
9. How would you like Squeak to be positioned in the open source world in year
An honest answer is that something much better comes out from the
project at VPRI and the many members of Squeak community move on
10. What do you see as the overall role of the board?
Sometimes being at the Viewpoints helps, and knowing the POV of
other language communities such as the largeer Japanese Squeak
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