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I've compiled a table describing important features of several Scheme implementations:

name version license description supported OSs full call-with-current-continuation? threads? FFI? IEEE/R4RS/R5RS? interpreter? precise garbage collector? compilation target object-oriented package?
Bigloo 2.2b (Oct 2000) GPL devoted to one goal: enabling Scheme based programming style where C(++) is usually required Unix yes no yes R5RS minus yes no C yes
ChezScheme 6.0a (including Petite version) Petite is free, even for commercial use. Full version requires payment. Linux, Windows, etc. yes no yes IEEE & R5RS yes yes x86, etc. no
Chicken build 912 BSD CHICKEN is a Scheme-to-C compiler supporting most of the language features as defined in the Revised^5 Report on Scheme. Unix, Windows yes non-OS yes R5RS no yes C no
DrScheme (MzScheme) 103 (29 Aug 2000) LGPL interactive, integrated, graphical programming environment Unix, Windows, etc. yes non-OS no? R5RS no no yes
Elk 2.0 open source an embeddable, reusable extension language subsystem for applications written in C or C++ Unix yes no yes (not dynamic) R4RS minus yes yes yes (OOPS)
Gambit-C 3.0 (6 May 1998) Commercial use requires license. high-performance implementation of Scheme based on an optimizing compiler. Unix, Windows, etc. yes no yes (not dynamic) IEEE & R4RS yes yes C no
Guile 1.4 GPL Project GNU's extension language Unix
Kawa 1.6.70 (26 Jun 2000) GPL or alternative OSs that support Java no yes yes R5RS minus yes depends on VM Java byte codes yes
libscheme Scheme as a C library Unix yes no no
LispMe 2.8 GPL PalmOS yes no no yes yes no
MIT Scheme 7.5 GPL complete Scheme with Edwin Emacs clone Unix, Windows, etc. yes non-OS yes R4RS minus yes yes x86, etc. yes
OpenScheme 1.3.5 (Nov 2000) Free for non-commercial use. Linux, Windows, etc. yes non-OS yes R5RS no C, byte codes yes
PocketScheme 1.1.0 (25 Oct 2000) Artistic License Windows Handheld and Pocket PC yes no yes R4RS yes yes no
PS3I 1.20 GPL OSs that support Java yes yes yes R4RS minus yes depends on VM Java byte codes
QScheme 0.5.1 no OS R5RS minus yes yes
RScheme 0.7.3.1 (26 Nov 2000) open source Linux yes non-OS yes R4RS yes yes C, byte codes yes
Scheme->C C
Scheme48 0.49 open source Unix, Windows yes non-OS yes R5RS yes yes byte codes no
Schlep (2000) Scheme subset analogous to C designed to obviate the need to write C programs neutral no no yes minimal subset of Scheme no no GC C no
SCM 5d3 GPL Unix, Windows, etc. yes no yes IEEE & R5RS yes yes no
SCSH open source Built on top of Scheme48.
SILK open source OSs that support Java yes yes R4RS minus yes depends on VM Java byte codes yes
SIOD 3.4 (Feb 1997) Unix, Windows, etc. no yes R4RS minus yes yes no
Stalin 0.8 (17 May 1999) GPL a global optimizing compiler for Scheme Unix no no yes R4RS minus no no C no
STk 4.0.1 (1 Oct 1999) open source Scheme with Tk graphical library Unix, Windows, etc. yes no yes R4RS minus transcript-on and transcript-off yes yes yes
STklos 0.51 successor to STk FreeBSD, Linux, and Windows NT no, but planned no no R5RS minus yes byte codes yes
SXM 1.0 Free for non-commercial use. Unix, Windows, etc. yes no yes IEEE & R5RS yes yes byte codes no
TinyScheme 1.21 open source Unix, Windows yes R5RS minus yes yes no

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