[Pharo-project] squeaksource is down - a different perspective

Dale Henrichs dhenrich at vmware.com
Wed Apr 27 22:16:09 CEST 2011

Since you mention GemStone:)

We have customers who have migrated repositories created 10+ years ago 
with our 32 bit product to the latest current version of our 64 bit product.

We have changed our Smalltalk class-library over the years and customers 
have had to upgrade their own class libraries if they chose to continue 
taking advantage of our newer releases ... then there are some who have 
chosen not to migrate: I think there are still production applications 
running GemStone on a version 20 years old:) ... as long as their 
hardware holds out they are fine:)

Production customers don't tend to move very fast in upgrading their 
hardware and software so we end up supporting older versions of oSes for 
quite awhile...But when the os vendor announces and end of life of an 
os, it becomes difficult for us to continue to support that version...

For the older versions we  backport critical bugfixes to the older 
versions as long as their are active customers (read paying maintenance 
dollars) using the older versions.


On 04/27/2011 10:23 AM, Stéphane Ducasse wrote:
>>> squeaksource.com is down a lot. People get frustrated at times.
>> Yes, and unfortunately it looks like people love to be frustrated.
>> Otherwise people would give Tobias more feedback on SqueakSource3 (see [1]) which IMHO could overtake the job in the future and replace the
>> problematic image?
> I do not know.
> Do SS3 has a migration process?
> How easy is it to install on an old machine?
> Does gemstone run on a old mac g3?
> Should we install glass?
> I do not know.
> You see nothing looks simple when we want to do it.
>> Or is the outage a traffic problem and may
>> happen with SS3 too?
>> Is the (daily?) restart the only option we have or is a migration
>> to a newer SS version possible?
> No idea.
> Do you know?
>> And yes - SmalltalkHub is on the way, but we still dont know
>> how well it fits our needs/works/scales. Yes, this sounds negative but
>> I think it can replace Squeaksource only in a long term...
> we will see and learn.
>> Bye
>> T.
>> [1] http://lists.gforge.inria.fr/pipermail/pharo-project/2011-April/047780.html
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