[squeak-dev] Re: A 1 million bucks question :)

Ken Causey ken at kencausey.com
Tue Dec 15 03:14:10 UTC 2009

The details I don't have right off-hand but this has been done at least
for Debian now at least twice.  First for at least a couple of years Lex
Spoon maintained a repository, then more recently someone whose name I
just can't remember right now, but whose username is kosik, has
maintained a Debian repository at


and anyone that wished to download from it simply added this to their
apt configuration.  I assume the difficulty is on the same order of
difficulty if not simpler for rpm-based distributions.

The problem is not getting started on this sort of project, it is
maintaining momentum.  The current repository is over 2 years out of

Part of the problem is that the potential user-base of any particular
repository is probably not that large.  I myself have been a Debian user
for a decade or more and while I used the available repository a couple
of times, inevitably for one reason or another I always built my own VMs
and used a wide range of images and as such the repository was of little
use to me.  While I'm sure there are some users, certainly it would be
useful to newcomers, the reality is that the more hardcore users find it
more limiting than useful.


> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [squeak-dev] Re: A 1 million bucks question :)
> From: Andreas Raab <andreas.raab at gmx.de>
> Date: Mon, December 14, 2009 8:30 pm
> To: The general-purpose Squeak developers list
> <squeak-dev at lists.squeakfoundation.org>
> That is a Really Good Question (tm). I have never really understood the 
> way software distribution works on Linux. I'd *love* to have some distro 
> or other pull "squeak-blabla[.dep|.rpm|.whatchamacallit]" directly from 
> squeak.org. Anyone having an insight whether that is even feasible? And 
> if so, what loops one needs to go through to make this happen?
> Cheers,
>    - Andreas
> Igor Stasenko wrote:
> > Hello guys,
> > 
> > i used squeak on linux couple of times and installed it using
> > 'official' way - from repositories.
> > The problem with it, that VM & image loaded in that way is years old.
> > I remember, there was a bit of tension between linux distro
> > maintainers and the way how squeak distributing itself(image, not
> > sources).
> > So, i guess its hopeless to expect it up-to-date in linux distros.
> > What should i do to get latest & hottest prebuilt VM available, can
> > anyone direct me to the right place?
> > And yes, I could build it myself, but i looking for binaries.
> > Is there a pre-built package(s) which i can download by myself and install?
> > 
> > P.S. sorry for my ignorant questions.
> > P.P.S. Sorry for trollish topic name, i'm in a good mood. ;)
> >

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