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Re: GTK file selector

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GTK file selector
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 23:23:28 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Nick Roberts <address@hidden> writes:

>  >  > Why do they abandon it?  And what do they prefer instead?
>  > 
>  > They abandon it because of stagnant development, the design and
>  > implementation clusterfuck that is Mule from the perspective of
>  > European language users (search for ö not working again!) and
>  > minimal consideration for GUI users in this age of 17"
>  > screens. Among other reasons.
> Over the last three years that I've been contributing to Emacs,
> development has been pretty active.

Which would rather explain why people are abandoning it: those three
years of development have never been released.

> Without doing market research, any notion that people are abandoning
> Emacs can only be anecdotal.

Debian by now has "emacs-snapshot" as a package.  People _are_
abandoning released versions of Emacs, also because of problems in the
utf-8 department.  CVS trunk is much better than anything that has
been released, but few system administrators will, even when tempted
to use it themselves, unleash an unreleased Emacs unto their users.

> Perhaps you're bitter that XEmacs does seemed to have slowed down,
> but please remember this list is for contributing to Emacs
> development, not to knock it down.

XEmacs at least sports more or less regular releases from their
increasingly stagnant development code base.

"Waiting for Emacs" would make for a scintillating piece of absurd
theater, with the particularly rememberable line "Code, pig!".  I have
not yet figured out where XEmacs would come into play, though.

    Charming spot. (He turns, advances to front, halts facing
    auditorium .) Inspiring prospects. (He turns to Vladimir.) Let's

    We can't.

    Why not?

    We're waiting for Bugfixes.

    (despairingly). Ah! (Pause.) You're sure it was here?


    That we were to wait.

    He said from the trunk. (They look at the CVS tree.) Do you see any others?

    What is it?

    I don't know.  A branch.

    Where are the commits?

    It must be dead.

    No more weeping.

    Or perhaps it's not the season.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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