[squeak-dev] Installing Squeak on a Raspberry Pi for newcomers

Herbert König herbertkoenig at gmx.net
Wed Jul 2 17:39:47 UTC 2014

Oh and reading your longish reply, right clicking on Squeak in the menu 
gives "Add to Desktop" for your nice Desktop Icon.

- Herbert
Am 02.07.2014 19:30, schrieb Herbert König:
> Hi Tim,
> being an absolute Linux noob, I found my experience very smooth.
> I discovered a folder /home/pi/squeak and there I threw image changes 
> and sources via sftp. Everything worked. I have 3.8, 4.4 and 4.5 
> images by now and the dialogue does what it is advertised for.
> What I did (because of the weird things I do) was limit Squeak memory 
> to 384M in the shell script squeak in /usr/bin/. On my Linux virtual 
> server I got throtteled because Squeak creates tons of IO if it can 
> use the whole memory. Different Story.
> For beginners this is not needed, just create a nice zip with (old 
> format) image, changes and sources and unpack it to /home/pi.
> I know it's bad to ask others to do work but wouldn't it be a nice 
> idea to find a RasPi link on the website with a short howto?
> Cheers, ducking
> Herbert
> Am 02.07.2014 18:51, schrieb tim Rowledge:
>> I recently tried to answer a query on the Pi forum about getting 
>> Squeak images on a Pi/Raspbian. It was a lot more involved than I’d 
>> hoped and I really think we could do more to make life easier.
>> The query and my answer are at - 
>> http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=80556 and I 
>> would be interested in better answers. One important issue is that 
>> the current Scratch system installed by default in Raspbian requires 
>> a plain interpreter VM since it is an old format image that cannot 
>> run on the newer StackVM that supports the improved Scratch I’m 
>> developing for the Pi foundation. So, simply replacing the vm is not 
>> ok, we would need to have both in order to get the best from a 4.5 
>> image.
>> Extra confusion is caused (for me) by the assorted scripts that get 
>> involved; there is a ‘squeak’ shell script somewhere that does all 
>> sorts of stuff including opening a dialogue that is supposed to help 
>> you find an image to run but seemingly does nothing actually useful. 
>> There’s also a ‘scratch’ shell script that does other odd stuff.
>> This is a problem very likely to be faced by a lot of newcomers 
>> stumbling across Squeak on their Pi’s. Anything we can do to make it 
>> *really* easy for people to try Squeak could pay off in a lot of 
>> interested new users.
>> tim
>> -- 
>> tim Rowledge; tim at rowledge.org; http://www.rowledge.org/tim
>> People who deal with bits should expect to get bitten.

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