[squeak-dev] [ANN] The Squeak 5.1 Release Plan

Chris Muller asqueaker at gmail.com
Wed Jul 13 16:40:51 UTC 2016

I thought "6.0" was planned to be the 64-bit version of "5.1", and 5.1
the 32-bit version of the same image contents...

On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 4:17 AM, Herbert König <herbertkoenig at gmx.net> wrote:
> Really exciting news!
> Herbert
> -------- Ursprüngliche Nachricht --------
> Von: "marcel.taeumel"
> Datum:13.07.2016 10:29 (GMT+01:00)
> An: squeak-dev at lists.squeakfoundation.org
> Betreff: [squeak-dev] [ANN] The Squeak 5.1 Release Plan
> Hey, there.
> I just want to inform all of you that we are in the middle of preparing the
> next Squeak 5.1 release. We are working on automation for
> generating/updating all release artifacts so that we are eventually able to
> shorten our release cycle in the future. For this, we are using smalltalkCI
> (thanks Fabio!), TravisCI, and AppVeyor.
> Here are the important dates:
>   * Feature Freeze on July 31, 23:59 AOE
>   * Code Freeze on August 14, 23:59 AOE
>   * Release between August 15 and 19
> As these dates suggest, our goal is to have the release before this year's
> ESUG. However, there is another important Smalltalk-related event this year:
> 20 years of Squeak. :-) Yeah! It was around October 1996, when the first
> Squeak came into the world. ...having its own worlds. :D So, it would only
> make sense to also have a special release for this birthday. For this, we
> revived all of the cool multimedia content, known from Squeak 1 through
> Squeak 3, and made it fit for the current Squeak code base. Oh, this is so
> exciting. :-)
> Anyway, what's with Squeak 5.1 and 64-bit? Since the release of Squeak 5.0,
> we've been working hard and made a lot of bug fixes and added some features
> to improve the overall usability and robustness of the Squeak live
> programming system. Meanwhile, the VMs improved as well. Cog's object format
> "Spur" got more robust, the JIT improved, and the whole code base moved from
> SVN to Git: https://github.com/OpenSmalltalk/opensmalltalk-vm.
> Still, what's up with 64-bit? We have working 64-bit VMs for Mac OS X and
> Linux. Hence, we will take the chance and also release 64-bit bundles for
> Squeak 5.1. Be informed that this means a new .image file. You cannot open a
> 64-bit .image with a 32-bit VM and vice versa. This, however, is nothing
> serious because we are working on an updated version of our SystemTracer to
> convert back and forth. With limitations, of course. ;-) You cannot fill a
> bottle of beer into a shot glass.
> What's up with the All-in-one? There will be the usual 32-bit all-in-one
> package, which combines VMs for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Since there
> will be no 64-bit Windows VM within the next two months, we refrain from
> creating an almost-all-in-one-32/64 package. This would only confuse the
> users. In the future, we can arguably expand the concept of the All-in-one
> to also contain 32-bit and 64-bit VMs and images.
> So, what are the prospective release artifacts for Squeak 5.1?
>   * All-in-one (Linux/Mac/Win) 32-bit
>   * Mac OS X App 32-bit, signed
>   * Mac OS X App 64-bit, signed
>   * Linux Bundle 32-bit
>   * Linux Bundle 64-bit
>   * Windows App (maybe with MSI Installer) 32-bit, maybe signed
>   * ZIP archive containing .image and .changes, no VM, no .sources
> We plan to also use the new release automation process for Squeak 5.0 and
> update those release artifacts as well. We will update our squeak.org
> Website but you will always find the artifacts on
> http://files.squeak.org/5.0 and http://files.squeak.org/5.1 .
> :-)
> Best,
> Marcel
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