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Re: Emacs 22 Carbon+AppKit port and Emacs 23 Mac port

From: David Reitter
Subject: Re: Emacs 22 Carbon+AppKit port and Emacs 23 Mac port
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 08:15:41 -0400

On Sep 5, 2009, at 3:47 AM, CHENG Gao wrote:
Since Snow Leopard is out of cage, I am wondering if YAMAMOTO-san intend
to add mac port into Emacs trunk. I personally hope this can happen.
With mac port added, the greatest befinet is Emacs can work on all
MacOSX versions. And if I understand correctly, it's not possible for
Cocoa port to achieve this easily.

What are the chances that improvements like the event loop from the Mac port are combined with the NextStep/Cocoa code?

1 Cocoa port uses 10.3 SDK to support MacOSX 10.3-10.5.

Everybody please note that there are probably very few people still left on 10.3. It came out in 2003, with the last minor release made in early 2005. Cheng Gao, perhaps you could provide a pointer to user statistics if you think 10.3 is a big deal.

If somebody needs to use the old OS X, they can certainly stick to an older (and still supported!) Emacs 22. Developer resources are very scarce. Supporting outdated platforms is not the best use of people's time.

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