While it is no secret that Instantiations is working on a new 64-bits VM and Image for its VA Smalltalk system, innovation in all kinds of Software packages that can be connected to VAST doesn’t stop and wait for it to be done.
So Instantiations just announced the immediate availability of VA Smalltalk 8.6.3, a version that mainly ships upgraded class libraries for communicating with the outside world. Here’s a list of what’s new in VA Smalltalk 8.6.3:
o IPV6 Support
o SQLite 3
o OpenSSL 1.1 Compatibility
o Cryptographic Support
- Native Interface Support Enhancements o Long Datatype Support
o Headless Windows Installero Solaris PKG Installer
o Headless Importer
- Updated OS Platformso Ubuntu 16.10
o Fedora 24
o Red Hat Enterprise 7
o Updated Migration Guide
So you can clearly tell that Instantiations aims to make VA Smalltalk play nicely on current operating systems and to be a first-class citizen of today’s communication and security standards while we all are waiting for the “big 64 bits bang”.
The “little” enhancements in the installation process have life of users easier over the last few releases and still continue to do so.
If you want to learn more about what’s new in this release and what’s to come in the near future and what the status of the new 64 bit VM is, you should definitely take a look at these slides from John’s talk at FAST in Argentina in November 2016.
Where to download?
A free time-unlimited and fully functional evaluation copy of VA Smalltalk can be downloaded from the company’s website. Registered users with a current support contract can get the software free of charge and also download the unlock files at this location.
If you want to buy VA Smalltalk or need assistance in your project
If you’d like to learn more about VA Smalltalk or need help im migrating from an older (maybe as old as 6.x from IBM) version of VisualAge Smalltalk, feel free to contact us at objektfabrik for the German-speaking market ot Instantiations directly from all other areas on the planet.