[squeak-dev] New macintosh vm builder & maintainer: Esteban Lorenzano

Ron Teitelbaum ron at usmedrec.com
Mon Nov 22 17:36:46 UTC 2010

What a loss of order in the universe.  McIntosh building the Macintosh VM
just works so much better than Lorenzano.  

Thanks for all your work John!  Thank you for volunteering Esteban!


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> From: squeak-dev-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org [mailto:squeak-
> dev-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org] On Behalf Of John M McIntosh
> Sent: Sunday, November 21, 2010 8:42 PM
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> Subject: [squeak-dev] New macintosh vm builder & maintainer: Esteban
> Lorenzano
> Ten years back I took over the role of maintaining the Macintosh VM from
> John Maloney. Dan Ingalls wrote a letter of responsibility for me, which I
> accepted and have strived to carry forward.
> But it's time to assume a different role and I have asked Esteban
> to take over the build responsibility. Some of you know him already from
> role in building Mars for Squeak, his presentations at ESUG conferences,
> the awards he has won for his technical innovations.
> It's been a fun decade & three month, lots of versions were created, Apple
> unlike other other OS providers has driven lots of change and excitement,
> now they look forward to an OS-X app store, so it's time for someone new
> and eager to figure out how to address that.  Over that decade we've moved
> from 68040 based machines, thru PowerPC to MacIntel, and from OS-9 thru 7
> generations of OS-X.
> On Jan 1st 2011 (or earlier) I  will no longer do builds or officially
support the
> macintosh VM, I will of course help Esteban thru any difficulties in the
> migration of responsibilities, and I'll forward that letter from Dan, it's
> with responsibility, a bit of honour, expectations of hours (decades?) of
> work, and I assure Esteban a great journey. Today for Esteban I
> folders of Squeak VM build memories which came to nearly 6GB of stuff,
> fortunately most of it is obsolete because of the Cocoa os-x V5 rewrite.
> I thank the community for bearing with me for the good times and the rough
> times as I fought the daemons of operating system change, no doubt I'll
> watch how things progress, yet the responsibility for what happens will
> elsewhere.
> Some close friends have asked am I giving up Squeak & Smalltalk? No it's
> a change of pace, I'll be around to poke at interesting issues, and at
this time I
> welcome any paid consulting (Smalltalk or iOS), email me if you have
> Over the years, Viewpoints Research Institute, ESUG and others have
> provide some funding for this work, I thank them for their contributions.
> Any message of thanks should be send to my wife of 27 years
> cordelia at mac.com who has diligently support my contributions to the
> Smalltalk community and as a non computer person always wondered why?
> For Sophie we had a saying: "For the betterment of mankind" . For the
> who worked on Smalltalk, Sophie, and the OLPC they know why we do this.
> To the other VM maintainers I thank them for them for the trust that I
> do the right thing, so for Squeak onward we go....
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