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[Help-smalltalk] Embedding GNU Smalltalk

From: David Given
Subject: [Help-smalltalk] Embedding GNU Smalltalk
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 12:29:00 +0000
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I have a project in mind for which I'm interested in using GNU Smalltalk. This 
is to build an embedded device based on a pure Smalltalk system, using the 
Smalltalk VM as the 'operating system'. GNU Smalltalk appears to be the best 
candidate for doing this.

Unfortunately, because it'll be running on the bare metal using as stripped 
down a libc as I can manage, this means I'll need to know about all the 
various components that make up GNU Smalltalk so I can switch off all the 
ones that won't work. This in turn will mean I need to know about the 
consequences of switching them off... for example, the sigsegv library 
requires an MMU, so won't work on my ARM OMAP board. This in turn means I 
won't be able to use generational garbage collection. What will the penalties 
of this be?

Is there any overview document of GNU Smalltalk from a systems integration 
point of view that anyone can point me at?

+- David Given --McQ-+ " could wire up a *dead rat* to a DIMM
|  address@hidden    | socket, and the PC BIOS memory test would pass it
| (address@hidden) | just fine." --- Ethan Benson
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