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I know very little about Smalltalk but I noticed that there's a frequent mention of the "kernel". Dan Ingalls prime maintainer of several implementations of Smalltalk also worked on a Javascript environment called "Lively Kernel" and in Peter Siebel's book he kept mentionning the "kernel".

I cannot help but think that it is no coincidence that the creators of Smalltalk used the name of a (central) part of operating systems to refer to a particular component of their language.

Was it because Smalltalk intended to act as an operating system? Was it because theory behind programming languages and operating systems have a lot in common?

What is the reason behind the common appelation of the two components?

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Fredholm integral equations are therefore similar to the operating systems and programming languages. Interesting. –  SK-logic Aug 31 '12 at 12:22

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Polysemy.

These are two different meanings of the same word.

But you are correct to observe that Smalltalk has a lot of an operating system. This is because early Smalltalk systems predate today's operating systems and thus Smalltalk offers many services that are typically offered by the operation system today.

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