To all the long-suffering XEmacs users and developers:
XEmacs 21.4 is scheduled for release on April 15, 2001.
After a series of setbacks and management sidetracks, for which I take
responsibility, I can now see a clear path to a release of XEmacs
21.4. I now have the tools necessary to create a release, and the
XEmacs Reviewers have declared that they see no showstopping bugs in
the current beta test releases. So over the next two weeks I'll be
cleaning up the adminstrative aspects and creating test distributions.
Barring discovery of showstopping bugs, this date is firm. I expect
no further postponements.
There still remain a number of known bugs that the developers are
working on, and fixes will be tested and applied. Final documentation
updates are in progress. You are of course invited to participate in
fixing and testing (join the xemacs-beta mailing list at
More detailed information about the release is available at
(currently somewhat out of date; it should be up-to-date in about 24
hours from the date of this message).
As mentioned before, I consider this release to be a "gamma" release.
It is stable for our testers; the developers themselves and many
testers use it for all their work. Of course, experience leads us to
expect that broader usage will uncover more bugs, and users new to
this release will probably find "less-than-optimal" user interfaces.
Nonetheless, we strongly encourage you to try it out, and expect that
you will find it both stable and the most effective XEmacs ever.
However, we will continue to actively support and upgrade XEmacs 21.1
(currently at release 21.1.14, with a release of 21.1.15 expected in
the not too distant future) for a few weeks at least. Of course,
XEmacs 21.1 will continue to be available, and important fixes to 21.1
will be developed and released, for some time.
Stephen J. Turnbull <stephen(a)xemacs.org>
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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