[squeak-dev] Renaming "Squeak"
K. K. Subramaniam
subbukk at gmail.com
Thu Mar 6 05:36:58 UTC 2008
On Wednesday 05 March 2008 1:54:34 am Michael van der Gulik wrote:
> I've thought about this too. "Squeak" is a name that's hard to take
> seriously, and I for one would be less inclined to advertise that any
> product I make is based on "Squeak". However, there's a large investment in
> the name - URLs, source code, public awareness, etc. The name is unlikely
> to change.
I wasn't thinking of rebranding an existing project when I proposed a new
name. Seriously, Squeak has fallen behind times and that is not good for an
innovative research platform. Both Smalltalk-80 and Squeak (1995) stood out
from the rest because they were years ahead of the rest and brought in many
innovative ways of controlling a computer (that we all take for granted now).
Today, Squeak struggles to handle multilingual text, scalable vector
graphics, multicore, 64-bit space, flash memory - features commonly available
in other programming environments. Research initiatives are split amongst
multiple projects like Fonc (VPRI), Croquet, Etoys (OLPC) etc. Whatever
project emerges out of Squeak should act as a core platform for inventing new
and efficient methods of programming.
The XO hardware shows what can happen in a couple of years if a handful of
people put their minds together to build a new platform. The software stack
on XO shows us that we are still a long way off in knowing how to program
such a system efficiently :-(.
One of the tasks for the new board will to be figure out a way to converge
disparate efforts, individual and commercial, into a single project; to get
all the wood behind one arrow. It would be far easier to do this under a new
name than to do it under "Squeak".
Choose any name except Squawk :-).
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