[squeak-dev] PROPOSAL: UN-St (United Nations of Smalltalk)

Eliot Miranda eliot.miranda at gmail.com
Thu Jun 4 20:21:58 UTC 2020

On Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 9:17 AM Sean DeNigris <sean at clipperadams.com> wrote:

> I believe that the Squeak/Pharo/Cuis communit(ies) share one very special
> thing, which most of the world has completely missed, and which the world
> sorely needs if the true power of computing to unleash and evolve the human
> mind is ever to be realized: a love and appreciation for personal
> technological augmentation/amplification available to all as represented by
> the Dynabook and/or its prototype software (Smalltalk as a concept, not any
> version/implementation e.g. Smalltalk-80).
> Like a few survivors after the sinking of Atlantis, we can pick up the
> remnants of this dream and resume marching toward the objective (or at
> least keep its memory alive until an auspicious time when it can be
> realized)… or, like most groups of human beings throughout history who
> start with a common aim, we can bicker among ourselves about e.g.
> historical discrepancies, personal slights, and conflicting subgoals, and
> allow those squabbles to distract us and derail our primary mission. This
> would be disappointing but not surprising: it is how every war is started.
> I have contributed, hacked, conferenced, and visited with many members of
> our wider community for over a decade now and, maybe because I had the
> “luxury” of finding Smalltalk after some of the political lines had been
> well-drawn, I can clearly see that we are fundamentally united. I cringe
> every time I see cynical, caustic exchanges - both for my participating
> colleagues who are obviously in pain - probably exacerbated by their
> passion for our shared endevour - and for the counterproductive effect the
> antagonism is sure to have on our common goal. Virtually every exchange is
> between two people who I personally know to be good and competent.
> Here is my proposal: Let’s form an informal committee - a United Nations
> of Smalltalk if you will - including at least one member of each community,
> who will collaborate on cooperation between the dialects and mediate any
> friction before it boils over.
> I’d be happy to participate, I guess as a representative of the Pharo
> community. Although I have no official role in the Pharo leadership, I have
> much of my professional life invested there. I often wish I had the time to
> keep all my projects compatible with Squeak, but I usually feel like I’m
> barely keeping up as it is!
> I hope I’m not alone in these feelings and look forward to the response of
> our community (most emphatically singular). This message is being
> cross-posted to Pharo-Dev, Squeak-Dev, and Cuis MLs (I think I’m still a
> member of all three - fingers crossed…)

As Esteban Maringolo implied, we tried that with Open Smalltalk.  The
attempt was rejected by Pharo, who forked their repository and refused to
contribute back.

> - Sean (DeNigris)

best, Eliot
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