[Vm-dev] Best and latest VMs for Open Cobalt release?
andreas.raab at gmx.de
Sat Feb 14 23:42:02 UTC 2009
ed.boyce at duke.edu wrote:
> Thanks Andreas. So I gather from your response and John McIntosh's that
> Windows 3.10-4 and Mac 3.8.21beta are approximately equivalent versions?
> And I have one not-so-off-topic question: Why are the VM version
> numbers/schemes allowed to diverge like this across platforms?
Because this is open source and I don't get to tell John how he names
his VMs. Do I think it's good? No, I think it's horrible. But unless I
start making Macintosh VM packages, I don't get to decide how John names
> Particularly for users who want assurances that SmallTalk
> code will execute identically across platforms, this
> is confusing and not reassuring.
Yes. I agree to 100%. Which is why I have generally named "my" VMs in
sync with the image releases to make it reasonably understandable for
people that for running a 3.10 image they should consider a 3.10 VM.
(Coincidentally, this is why the Croquet VM is labeled 1.0 too).
> Thanks again for all insights.
> -- Ed
>>> Looking at http://squeak.org/Download/ and http://squeakvm.org, I
>>> see various
>>> latest version #'s available for the different platforms. One
>>> possible course
>>> of action I could take is do fresh builds on each platform from the
>>> subversion sources. But before go through that exercise, I would
>>> like to ask
>>> the knowledgeable members of this list:
>>> 1) What is the latest STABLE version of the Squeak VM that is
>>> available for
>>> all three major platforms?
>> On Windows it's 3.10.4.
>>> 2) Is there any reason anyone can think of that this latest
>>> version would
>>> not be suitable and stable for Open Cobalt's alpha debut? This would
>>> performance issues. If so, what is the most recent VM that would be
>>> and stable?
>> All of the recent VMs should be fine. Do note however, that due to the
>> bit-identical replication requirements of Croquet you'll want to run
>> the CroquetVMTests to ensure that everything comes out as expected.
>>> 3) We would like to expand the number of platforms that Cobalt is
>>> on. Does anyone know of Squeak VM builds on platforms such as
>>> Solaris and
>>> FreeBSD that have the functioning openAL and openGL bindings
>>> necessary for
>> Can't help you here.
>> - Andreas
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