beware GNU Smalltalk if you want to contribute to squeak

Randal L. Schwartz merlyn at
Thu Jan 10 16:54:28 UTC 2008

>>>>> "Paolo" == Paolo Bonzini <bonzini at> writes:

Paolo> 16:18:16 <iamtravis> i have gnu smalltalk installed.. a person on #linux
Paolo> mentioned this room, so I came in :)
Paolo> 16:18:26 <Randal> iamtravis - get squeak
Paolo> 16:18:32 <Randal> far more mature than gnu smalltalk
Paolo> 16:18:39 <Randal> and a lot more fun, I must say
Paolo> 16:18:52 <Randal> and industrial strength
Paolo> 16:18:57 <Randal> gnu smalltalk still has a ways for that

Paolo> How can a community build up if you discourage people this way?

Yes, I see that I was saying that Squeak is far more mature (28 years and
counting), more fun (all the Morphs and EToys and existing packages), and
industrial strength (dabbledb, etc), and that GNU Smalltalk has a ways to go
for that.

All of that is the truth.

None of that says "GNU Smalltalk Sucks".  If that's your strongest evidence,
I'll suggest now that you read into my actions a hostility that I will now
explicitly disclaim.  Thank you for confirming that.

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