Seeking a Solar Epiphany. Is it desierable?
Steven T. Hatton
hattons at globalsymmetry.com
Mon Feb 9 20:15:06 EST 2004
A long time ago Stephen suggested the biggest obstacle to merging Emacs and
XEmacs is sun Microsystems' failure to release the some parts of the XEmacs
code base under the GPL. I know this has traditionally been a contentious
topic, but it's something that, from this user's perspective, seems
desirable. There are features of XEmacs which Emacs lacks. In particular the
package support, and the context (right click) menu for psgml.
There are aslo features of Emacs which I like, and XEmacs lacks. I know for
the old-time XEmacs hackers this is probably an offensive topic. After all,
you have maintained this independent code base for years. Nonetheless, I'm
wondering if it is worth petitioning sun for what Stephen called an epiphany
on their part. That is, the blessing off the the code base.
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