[squeak-dev] Platform usage - was some long discussion about macOS, metal, and primitives.

Marcel Taeumel marcel.taeumel at hpi.de
Tue May 3 13:30:33 UTC 2022

Hi Bruce --

Interesting thought. I know a few people that migrated from the Apple ecosystem to the Microsoft ecosystem over the last 10 years. I can also imagine that a modern Ubuntu/Linux system/laptop can also be convenient to use when thinking about leaving macOS but wanting to retain a powerful command-line experience.

Am 30.04.2022 10:28:32 schrieb Bruce O'Neel <bruce.oneel at pckswarms.ch>:

Tobias had a line at the bottom of an email recently:

"Please note that the Mac user base is by far the smallest nowadays."

Do we have any good way of figuring out what the platform split and/or usage numbers are?

This would be useful just to not accidentally ignore what turns out the be the most popular platform and/or not to spend giant amount of time on a platform that no one really uses.

One thing that comes to mind is that the Arm 32 bit build that one would use on the Raspberry PI for 5.3 was broken for months in the 5.3 official downloads and no one complained.  But....  On the PI the Squeak VM came pre installed so one might never have known.

Anyway, if we don't know then we don't know.


On 2022-04-30T09:49:05.000+02:00, Tobias Pape <notifications at github.com> wrote:
So, if I see that correctly, this is the table of affected user bases
Win Mac Linux
Squeak <=5.3, disableDeferredUpdates: true ✅ ✅ ✅
Squeak <=5.3, disableDeferredUpdates: false ✅ ❌ ✅
Squeak <=5.3, updated via update map ✅ ✅ ✅
Squeak 6 alpha, not updated do not use do not use do not use
Squeak 6 alpha, updated ✅ ✅ ✅
Please note that the Mac user base is by far the smallest nowadays.
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