As in the Linux world, where there are many “distros,” in the Smalltalk world, there are many “dialects.”
As in the Linux world, where there are several prominent distros like Mint, Debian, and Manjaro, in the Smalltalk world, there are several prominent Smalltalks. We shall take a brief look at them…
Squeak: a popular Smalltalk for educational purposes and hobbyists.
Cuis Smalltalk: a Squeak derivative that hews closely to Smalltalk-80.
Dolphin Smalltalk: Smalltalk for Windows (giving you Windows’ look and feel). It has a highly lauded IDE.
Hoot Smalltalk: Smalltalk on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine). The JVM is probably the most important runtime environment in computing history (billions of devices worldwide run on it).
GNU Smalltalk for command line lovers. Use it as you would Python or Go.
Smalltalk/X: a proprietary but free Smalltalk
VisualWorks: the most popular commercial Smalltalk and used by most business enterprises. ObjectStudio is a related product that specializes in object modelling and tight platform integration with Windows.
VA Smalltalk: compatible with IBM VisualAge Smalltalk for which Instantiations have assumed all responsibilities.
Smalltalk MT: a high-performance Smalltalk for Windows
So pick one and run with it! Smalltalk is the greatest programming language on earth!