Rodney> I've just starting using Emacs.app for OS X.... if anyone is
Rodney> interested, it can be found at http://emacs-app.sourceforge.net/
Yikes! How many different Mac OS X ports of various flavors of Emacs are
available? It seems there are two Carbon-based ports based on the guy
(what's his name? Choi?) who has disappeared (one GNU Emacs, one XEmacs).
Choi is still there, producing occasional improvements to his XEmacs
port. He's a very odd bird, and like Dan Bernstein, insists on
licensing his code in an idiosyncratic and inconvenient way. Unlike
Bernstein, he hasn't a clue about what he is doing, which creates
legal and ethical uncertainty about adopting and distributing his
There is Aquamacs. There's Emacs.app. Am I missing anything?
explosion in Mac ports?
There are two very different philosophies at work, for one thing.
Aquamacs, in particular, is aiming at an Aqua-conforming editor with
the power of Emacs. The Emacs developers, on the other hand, want
Emacs to run natively on the Mac. I expect Aquamacs to be a fairly
The Carbon-based ports are very much in line with the "native on Mac"
philosophy. The Cocoa-based ports are necessarily Aqua-conforming,
that's what Cocoa is for. I found the Cocoa-based ports to be
occasionally annoying because of that (don't recall offhand what it
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