Due to a couple of "showstopper" class bugs and the unavailability of
several core developers for the next few days, the release of XEmacs
21.4 is being postponed again, until March 26.
After a number of "technical difficulties" including mailing list
problems and a completely unrelated bug that happened to be tickled by
compiling one of the new Lisp files, the merge of the GTK code into
the mainline has been completed.
It is a remarkable testimony to the strength of the basic design of
XEmacs, now about ten years old, that the addition of both a new event
loop and a new display device required almost no changes to existing
code outside of preprocessor or Lisp conditionals testing for the GTK
feature. The GTK code itself is still very experimental and may be
unstable, but we expect it to have no adverse impact on the rest of
XEmacs in the release branch, so we will release it for those who
would like to experiment with it.
Several important bugs have been isolated and fixed, and others are in
the process of analysis. The test versions of XEmacs 21.4 are very
stable for most users on most platforms, and we expect to knock out or
provide workarounds for the remaining known showstoppers within a few
days. In particular MS Windows users are very happy with the
improvements in functionality and stability.
I will have time over the next few days to (finally) update the
release pages again. A preliminary look at NEWS should be available
by the time you see this. See
for the latest information, including links to the bug status report
and the draft NEWS file. There's also a link to the page for testers
there; more testing is always welcome! Other aspects of the release
pages will be updated over the next few days.
Thank you for your support!
Stephen J. Turnbull
Release Manager, XEmacs 21.4
University of Tsukuba Tennodai 1-1-1 Tsukuba 305-8573 JAPAN
Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences Tel/fax: +81 (298) 53-5091
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