[Squeakfoundation]A Draft for the Relationship Between SqF and SqC.
Tue, 1 May 2001 22:19:55 -0700
Squeak Central's Charter
=46irst of all, for juxtaposition with the evolving charter for SqF, here's=
a charter for Squeak Central:
To bring science to life for children of all ages.
A goal that follows directly is:
To produce a computing environment that brings science to life for children=
of all ages.
[Note: I haven't really cleared this with anyone, but it's close enough for=
discussing the relationship between Squeak Central and the Squeak=
Foundation to be (*)].
Imagine an environment that could be approached as a music application, a=
numerical application, a graphics application, or a symbolic application. =
In every area, the underlying functionality is accessible to the user, just=
as are the top-level user functions. In this way the operations on musical=
entities, textual entities, graphical objects and numerical structures,=
would all be seen to be similar, described and combined in the same=
language. A system so uniform and so accessible would allow not only a=
deep understanding of how it worked, but also the ability to construct new=
and unanticipated active worlds limited only by the imagination of the=
user. This is what we mean by bringing science to life.
Squeak is the underlying vehicle for this work. It is our system of choice=
because it is...
Runs Identically on all Major Platforms
These features make the vehicle interesting and useful for a larger=
community of users than just SqC.
SqC, by its charter, ultimately must choose to advance its goals over=
serving the needs of the rest of the Squeak community. Similarly, the=
Squeak community might decide at any time to advance its cause without=
concern for the goals of SqC (the so called "forking" option).
I personally, and Squeak Central as a whole, have always enjoyed, and=
appreciated the value of, the social and technical contributions made by=
the larger Squeak community, and we have always tried to steer a course=
that would keep that synergy alive.
A Charter for the Sqeak Foundation
We have reached a crossroads where the complexity of the system, the volume=
of code offered for inclusion, the needs of the Squeak developers and=
users, all exceed the ability for a single person or even an informal=
affinity group to coordinate progress in a manner that is satisfactory to a=
Hopefully the Squeak Foundation could take over the task of maintaining and=
improving Squeak as a vehicle in a manner that is an expression of, and=
serves the needs of, the Squeak community beyond (but including) Squeak Cen=
The Relationship Between SqC and SqF
I would be willing, individually and as representative for Squeak Central as=
a whole, to work with or as a part of SqF to continue and maximize the=
synergy between SqC and the larger Squeak community.
This would mean...
Communicating near- and long-term plans of SqC to avoid
duplication or conflict with related plans of SqF
Addressing points of apparent conflict and contributing to=20
solutions that maximize the synergy of=20
a common language and computing environment.
Contributing code that enhances the Squeak base system
Producing and maintaining a special SqC image appropriate
for our (SqC's) end users.
This can be looked at as a role that is similar to other Squeak special=
interest groups, who might also have a similar relationship to SqF. In=
that sense SqF would actually be more "central" vis-a-vis the Squeak base=
image. Other satellite groups might have special interests such as=
TinySqueak for PDAs, MVC-Squeak for MVC apps, ServerSqueak for Swikis and=
the like, etc. SqC's special interest would be a Squeak that supports=
scriptable multimedia content distributed over the internet.
I think this kind of relationship could work for both SqC and for SqF as=
people have been envisioning it. But it's only one opinion at this point. =
I would like *not* to issue this message to the full Squeak list until=
there has been some discussion from those who have been thinking seriously=
about SqF, after they have had a chance to ponder this kind of relationship=
Also, even if we all agreed mostly, it will take time to bring such a=
relationship into existence. I know it would be shocking to SqC, to=
suddenly have to migrate to a new base system such as Stable Squeak, and=
I'm sure SqF would not want urgent messages coming in from SqC saying we=
need to change this or that by tomorrow. Given time, though, I think SqC=
and the people seriously interested in SqF could set out a plan for orderly=
evolution of the base image and the various major extensions that would=
cover the needs of the Squeak user community.
I have a bunch of thoughts on more specific project topics, but I'd like to=
hear back first from others on this list regarding how they feel this=
"position statement" fits in with what they would like SqF to become.
- Dan, for all of us at Squeak Central
(*) There's simply no substitute for hearing Alan's presentations. But=
another of our goals is: that there *will soon be* a substitute,=
accessible to everyone connected to the internet.