* Stephen J Turnbull <stephen(a)xemacs.org> writes:
David Kastrup writes:
Out of idle curiousity, why *do* you bother to write?
This is something that I've often wondered about both of you. I've come
to the conclusion that the pair of you just enjoy pushing each other's
> The more you let yourself cut out, the more XEmacs becomes a
> playground for programmers with their own personal projects
There's nothing wrong with that if that's what the developers
Indeed. This is exactly how SXEmacs got many of her sexy features.
> Getting "back on track" is not useful if you can't
pick up speed.
That I agree with. One important question is whether it needs to be
in the same direction as Emacs, though.
Yes, care must be taken in deciding which track to get on.
> If you say that is not "stuff that's doable", then
you are having a
> problem in my opinion. Then we are more talking about "where do
> you want to stay today".
Problem, yes, although possibly one that can be ignored. Namely:
obvious place to recruit XEmacs developers is from the Emacs
development community. Obvious solutions are not always good ones,
Especially when you consider how hard it is to retrain these guys :-P
(tongue in cheek)
But "where do you want to stay today", no. Anybody who
devel lists will see that "where Emacs is" is hardly a desirable place
to go for a modern development community. Just because I don't want
to go there is no evidence that I want to stay where I am today.
I get the impression that many (most?) Emacs developers see (S)XEmacs as
a "When I grow up I want to be Emacs" project. That may have been the
case for XEmacs at various stages of her history (it has never been the
case for SXEmacs), but XEmacs is now learning not to be that type of
We (SXEmacs) look at feature xyz from (X)Emacs, and we either adapt it
for our own use if it's good, or move on if it's crap. I think that's a
pretty healthy way to go. We won't blindly use something simply because
(X)Emacs does, and we won't reject something simply because (X)Emacs has
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