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Re: EmacsW32 invocation options

From: Peter Dyballa
Subject: Re: EmacsW32 invocation options
Date: Sat, 5 May 2007 01:03:23 +0200

Am 05.05.2007 um 00:09 schrieb Kim F. Storm:

                                And it's an attitude that smells of
schism and forking, which many of us will not approve, because it
diminishes the already small group of active developers by spreading
their insufficient resources between several competing projects.

So why don't we try to find ways to accomodate people like Lennart who
really wants to contribute, but whose ideas are too radical to be the
default behaviour?

E.g. by supporting two installation options

a) maximum cross-platform consistency
b) maximum adaptation to current platform APIs.

For Mac OS X we have the X clients of GNU Emacsen 21.x (with or without GTK), 22.x (with or without GTK), and 23.0.0; we have also a few flavours of "Carbon Emacsen" – and we have the Cocoa or GNUstep/ OPENSTEP version of based on version 23.0.0.

I don't think it's a bad situation. Their developers have particular hobbies or preferences. If they were not allowed to change things they might be like me: not developing anything. But they do write and improve patches to add transparency to Emacs, or to open every buffer in its own frame, or to overcome the inability of GNU Emacs (and I mean the "official" and "stable" version here) to deal with Unicode. Or to enable Emacs to print non-US-ASCII and non-ISO 8859-1 characters.

IMO it would be fine if the "official" GNU Emacs site would point to sites providing "non-official" flavours of GNU Emacs, and these sites would document their changes and additions.



Upgraded:  Didn't work the first time.

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