>>>> "Frank" == Frank Schmitt
Frank> That's what's pissing me off. He writes an extremely buggy
Frank> new mule which no one else understands and which lacks
Frank> essential features and then doesn't care about it anymore.
That's not true. What is true is that XEmacs 21.5 is a development
series, and the developers reserve the right to work on what they
think is important in their own time. Ben has probably produced about
200,000 lines of patches since the Mule workspace merge. It just
happens that few of them are directly Mule-related. That's the way he
works: he concentrates on one big change per workspace.
Admittedly, this has pretty much the same effect on users as "not
caring." But nobody has claimed that 21.5 is "suitable for daily use"
yet, let alone promised support. For many purposes it's fine for
daily use; several of the developers use it pretty much exclusively.
For you, it's not. I'm sorry about that---I'd like to see all of the
features being developed at about five times the current rate, and
most especially Mule, which I use heavily---but I don't see what
you're "pissed off" about.
Frank> Katsumi Yamaoka reports several times that 2.5 is
Frank> absolutely broken and unusable for Japanese users, no
That's an exaggeration. It may be unusable for Katsumi and similar
users, but I don't find it unusable, and I do use Japanese on a daily
basis with 21.5. It's clear from patch submissions that there are
other Japanese users actively working with XEmacs 21.5.
Frank> Well, Gnu Emacs can now display images under MS Windows and
Frank> works generally faster and more stable, so I'll probably
Frank> switch over Christmas.
If GNU's image support is sufficient for you, please do use it. I
think I speak for all the developers when I say that we really
appreciate your bug reports, and we plan to address them in
appropriate sequence with other work. And I hope that you will check
out XEmacs 21.5 again in, say, mid-March, by which time I expect
another wave of Mule work to have been committed. But you should use
the tool that gets the job done for you.
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