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Re: Release timelines and Unicode2 branch

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Release timelines and Unicode2 branch
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 07:23:54 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Adrian Robert <address@hidden> writes:

> On Sep 15, 2005, at 9:00 AM, Richard M. Stallman wrote:
>>     That's correct -- or actually the GNUstep "version" and the OS X
>> one
>>     are the same code, with a few ifdefs here and there.  The APIs
>>     provided by GNUstep and Cocoa are almost identical (or at least
>>     largely overlapping; please see http://gnustep.org for more
>>     explanation)  The new port (emacs-app.sf.net) should always run,
>> like
>>     Emacs-on-Aqua, on GNUstep _and_ OS X.  (The "-on-Aqua" name is a
>>     historical artifact that does not reflect the port's actual
>> character.)
>> Could we please rename it, then?  Let's call it Emacs for GNUstep.
>> It is counterproductive to publicize Apple gratuitously.
> The new name was going to be simply "Emacs.app", which is OS neutral
> (but OpenStep specific).  I prefer a neutral name to avoid throwing
> off potential Apple users, because I'll need the interest and help of
> the Cocoa / Apple community to make this port work.
> The GNUstep community is very small (albeit undeservedly so), but a
> quality Emacs port that makes people want to run GNUstep so they can
> use it could help it grow.  If Apple users testing and helping with
> development can make this happen, I think it would be worth the
> ancillary costs of publicity for and enhancement of the non-free OS X
> platform.
> What about a compromise, like "Emacs.app for GNUstep and OS X" (on
> every web page and release announcement), with short name simply
> "Emacs.app"?

I think "Emacs.app" is fine.  Web page and announcement will carry the
information for which operating systems Emacs.app is known to work in
their main text.

There are also things like View.app and similar, and people tend to
know what this implies, more or less.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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