[squeak-dev] Squeak Oversight Board Election 2019

Ben Coman btc at openinworld.com
Tue Jan 15 15:23:37 UTC 2019

On Thu, 10 Jan 2019 at 00:24, Ron Teitelbaum <ron at usmedrec.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> It's that time again.

After years of watching, this year I signed up to vote for the first time!
A personal development program I'm involved in made me realize I've been
keeping myself on the sidelines
since the election normally takes care of itself - but my complacency
disconnects me from my community.

So I signed up. I would encourage anyone else lurking to also do so.  It
really didn't hurt.

And then someone encouraged me to nominate.

My first thought was "no, I'm more involved with Pharo".
Then after consideration I realized who I am is someone concerned with the
continuation of Squeak
and with a foot in both camps I may have something of value to offer the
Squeak community.

While the two dialects are diverging significantly at the UI level, my
interests lie
at the lower levels where there doesn't "necessarily" need to a lot of
Notwithstanding opposing design decisions, the natural enemy is isolation.

So should the Squeak community see value in it, I would:
      * quantify the low level Squeak/Pharo differences referenced against
Pharo's headless build
      * promote low level homogenization of dialects (and I'll be glad to
learn something new from any dissent around design decisions)
      * promote a headless version of Squeak to run on the same minheadless
VM that Pharo is targetting
      * work to reduce dialect specific IFDEFS in the vm code

I offer my candidacy for the 2019 Squeak Oversight Board on that platform.
If you see the possibility of that benefiting Squeak, please let your
be known by voting, particularly if you've not voted before.

cheers -ben
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