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Re: Emacs 21 or snapshot?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Emacs 21 or snapshot?
Date: Sat, 05 May 2007 16:43:38 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.98 (gnu/linux)

Xavier Maillard <address@hidden> writes:

>    Xavier Maillard <address@hidden> writes:
>    > Snapshot is a development version whereas GNU Emacs 21 is a
>    > *stable* version.
>    Which does not change the fact that the snapshots have been quite
>    better and more solid than the "stable" version for years now.  In
>    particular now that snapshots are released as "pretest" releases.
> For a newbie, I do not see any benefit in Pre-testing a piece of
> software he does not know at all.

Because it works much better?

> Though I concede pretest and/or even the CVS version are really good
> for experienced users or people with already some GNU Emacs basics.

Have you actually _tried_?  There have been literally years of
discussions and fights over usability features and approaches.  The
deciding advantage of Emacs 22 over Emacs 21 is not a particular
technical feature, but rather a vast improvement all over the board,
partly specially catering for new users.

>    Can you point to any area, even a single one, where the supposed
>    "stability" of Emacs 21.4 leads to better results than, say, the
>    pretest 22.0.99?
> I won't be able to do that since I never ever had a problem with GNU
> Emacs 21.x on a GNU/linux platform.

Then you are not seriously using it.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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