The Pharo guys seem to mean it: they do their own thing, not looking back too much. I’m not in a position to judge whether this is good news or bad news for the Squeak world in particular and/or the Smalltalk world in general.
I like Pharo for it’s nicer look and the nice things they’ve put together. And I think there is a lot of backing and followers around Pharo to make it important. Many of the tools we’re seeing here in Brest are primarily based on Pharo.
But I also like the fact that Squeak has been attracting many new Smalltalkers. We’ll probably just have to see what happens. Will Squeak projects be ported to Pharo (think of Magma or other stuff like Croquet)? Will these projects like the fact that the Pharo team doesn’t look back and may even drop compatibility with Squeak?
Only time will tell…