Throughout the pages you’ll notice that the Mac appears here and there in my pages and posts. The main reason being that my main computer, a laptop, is a product of Apple and since i’m trying to run an “early days” Smalltalk environment i first look for IOS based systems. Nowadays, with virtualization, you can run about anything on this Unix-based operating system, never ending opportunities.
I’ve mentioned elsewhere early Squeak efforts that spread out of Apple in the 90’s. Squeaks kind of started with the help of an earlier Apple internal development – Apple Smalltalk-80. From Wikipedia for a quick shoot at the early “sharing”:
Smalltalk-80 was the first language variant made available outside of PARC, first as Smalltalk-80 Version 1, given to a small number of firms (Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, Tektronix, and DEC) and universities (UC Berkeley) for “peer review” and implementation on their platforms….Two of the currently popular Smalltalk implementation variants are descendants of those original Smalltalk-80 images. Squeak is an open source implementation derived from Smalltalk-80 Version 1 by way of Apple Smalltalk
Then from the Macintosh Garden i was able to locate most of all the Apple related Smalltalk efforts – among which was the Apple Smalltalk-80 Application – Jack Pot ! That’s pretty much that finding that led to my experiments with Macintosh emulators : mini Vmac (Motorola 68k) and SheepShaver (PowerPC). I was was to realize that this Smalltalk version could only run on the 68K emulation (or real Macintosh) wand that proved a little difficult. Even running at higher resolution created embarrassing displaying issues. It ran though after locating a fix – read on.
the download page also had two important piece of info:
- the manual – get it !
- a fix to get the software running properly in vMac from this site “the Long View”:
A description of some of the great pieces of Mac software, and some of the trends that governed the evolution of the Mac and Mac software. And some implications for things that are happening now. Comments to basalgangster@macGUI.com
Site is located at : http://basalgangster.macgui.com/
With this precious info you’ll be able to get it to work – good luck.
Thwre’s talk on the web – not recently though – about a version 0.4 – I could not locate that version – i wish.
Dan Ingalls 1996 initiative on reviving Smalltalk from the bits and pieces of this Apple Smalltalk-80 was, i believe, a revolution for Smalltalkers. You’ll find plenty of text and links on Squeak and its version 1.x – see here.
On Xerox, Apple and Progress
The long view (check all the site)