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XEmacs availability information. Last Modified: 17-Apr-97.
XEmacs is available via anonymous FTP from ftp.xemacs.org (126.96.36.199)
in the directory /pub/xemacs/.
ftp.xemacs.org is the primary distribution point, but you may find
copies of it at other sites as well. Please see the file FTP for mirrors.
The most up-to-date list of distribution sites can always be found on
the XEmacs WWW page, http://www.xemacs.org/. Try to pick a site
that is networkologically close to you. If you know of other mirrors
of the XEmacs archives, please send us mail and we will list them here
There are mailing lists and newsgroups specifically for discussing and
reporting bugs in XEmacs; see the file MAILINGLISTS in this directory.
The FTP and ordering information in the remainder of this file applies
to the versions of GNU Emacs distributed by the Free Software
Foundation, not to XEmacs.
For an order form for all Emacs and FSF distributions deliverable from
the USA, see the file `ORDERS' in this directory (etc/ in the GNU
Emacs distribution or /pub/gnu/GNUinfo on prep.ai.mit.edu). For a
European order form, see `ORDERS.EUROPE'. For a Japan order form,
GNU Emacs availability information, June 1995
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possible to copy Emacs via uucp; the file `FTP' contains information
on that too.
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variety of types of cpu. It also works on VMS and on Apollo
computers, though with some deficiencies that reflect problems in
these operating systems. See the file `MACHINES' in this directory
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Note that there is significant variation between Unix systems
supposedly running the same version of Unix; it is possible that what
works in GNU Emacs for me does not work on your system due to such an
incompatibility. Since I must avoid reading Unix source code, I
cannot even guess what such problems may exist.
GNU Emacs is distributed with no warranty (see the General Public
License for full details, in the file `COPYING' in this directory (see
above)), and neither I nor the Free Software Foundation promises any
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of people who are willing to offer support and assistance for hire.
See the file `SERVICE'. You can get the latest version from
prep.ai.mit.edu in file `/pub/gnu/GNUinfo/SERVICE'.
However, we plan to continue to improve GNU Emacs and keep it
reliable, so please send me any complaints and suggestions you have.
I will probably fix anything that I consider a malfunction. I may
make improvements that are suggested, but I may choose not to.
Improving Emacs is not my highest priority now.
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President of the Free Software Foundation