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The next generation of Emacs
john s jacobs anderson 
Adrian Aichner
Martin Buchholz

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  <h1>What is XEmacs?</h1>

    XEmacs is a highly customizable open source text editor and
    application development system.  It is protected under the GNU
    Public License and related to other versions of Emacs, in
    particular <a
                  href="http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/" shape="rect">GNU
      Emacs</a>.  Its emphasis is on modern graphical user
    interface support and an open software development model, similar
    to Linux.  XEmacs has an active development community numbering in
    the hundreds, and runs on Windows 95 and NT, Linux and nearly
    every other version of Unix in existence. Support for XEmacs has
    been supplied by <a
                        href="http://www.sun.com/" shape="rect">Sun Microsystems</a>, <a
                                                                                         href="http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/" shape="rect">University of
      Illinois</a>, Lucid, <a href="http://www.etl.go.jp/"
                              shape="rect">ETL/Electrotechnical Laboratory</a>, <a
                                                                                   href="http://www.amdahl.com/" shape="rect">Amdahl
      Corporation</a>, BeOpen, and others, as well as the unpaid
    time of a great number of individual developers.</p>

    Web and FTP hosting graciously provided by
    <a href="http://www.sourceforge.net" shape="rect">Sourceforge</a>,
    <a href="http://sunsite.dk" shape="rect">SunSITE.dk</a> and
    <a href="http://www.tux.org" shape="rect">tux.org</a> as well as
    many world-wide
    <a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Download/index.html#mirror_index}) -->">FTP site</a>
    and <a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Download/web-mirrors.html#mirror_index}) -->">Web
      site</a> mirrors.</p>

  <h1><a id="mirror_index" name="mirror_index">Website Mirrors</a></h1>

    As a common saying goes: <cite>Objects in mirror are closer than
      they appear.</cite></p>

    XEmacs Website Mirrors exist on following continents.  Pick the
    continent where your internet service provider resides, which is
    not always the continent you may sit on.  This is most likely to
    matter when you work for an international company with no local
    internet connection.</p>

  <a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Download/web-mirrors.html#America}) -->">America</a>
  <a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Download/web-mirrors.html#Australia}) -->">Australia</a>
  <a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Download/web-mirrors.html#Europe}) -->">Europe</a>

  <h1>Current Releases</h1>

    <!-- one of (dd dt) -->
    <dt><strong><a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Releases/index.html#Stable}) -->">Stable</a> branch:</strong></dt>
    <dd><a href="Releases/21.1.14.html" shape="rect">21.1.14</a></dd>
    <dt><strong><a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Releases/index.html#Gamma}) -->">Gamma</a> branch:</strong></dt>
    <dd><a href="Releases/21.4.6.html" shape="rect">21.4.6</a></dd>
    <dt><strong><a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Releases/index.html#Beta}) -->">Beta</a> branch:</strong></dt>
    <dd><a href="Releases/21.5.5.html" shape="rect">21.5.5</a></dd>

    <li><a href="Download/index.html" shape="rect">XEmacs Download Locations</a></li>
    <li><a href="Install/index.html" shape="rect">Installation instructions</a></li>

  <h1>XEmacs Community News</h1>

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        Peter Brown, our new website sidekick, sets up a <a
        href="http://www.namazu.org/">Namazu</a> search engine for the
        XEmacs website.  Indexes get updated on each and every commit
        to the website.  <a href="<!-- _GP_
        relPath(qq{Lists/index.html}) -->">Mailing lists</a> remain
        searchable separately via their own interface.</p>
        Thanks to <a
        href="http://maussner.net/">http://maussner.net/</a> XEmacs
        has a website mirror in Germany at <a
        as of today.</p>
        The XEmacs CVS repository at SunSITE.dk is browsable via newly
        installed ViewCVS 0.9.2 in its own domain at <a
	Although GTK is still classed as experimental because the core
	team has insufficient time to devote to it, Les Schaffer is
	coordinating efforts to improve the support.  Visit his
	<a href="http://folks.astrian.net/godzilla/gtk-bugs.html">GTK
          XEmacs bugs</a> page for more information.  Thanks, Les!
        All XEmacs CVS modules, among other projects, can now be
        browsed via the &lt;a href="http://sunsite.dk/cvsweb/XEmacs/?cvsroot=XEmacs_CVS"&gt;Anonymous
        CVS Repository at SunSITE.dk&lt;/a&gt;.  See also <a href="<!-- _GP_
                                                             relPath(qq{About/XEmacsServices.html#issue8}) -->">Service
          Issue 8</a>.  Details about CVS repository access are still in
        flux, but documentation in <a href="<!-- _GP_
                                      relPath(qq{Develop/cvsaccess.html}) -->" shape="rect"><!--
          _GP_ relPath(qq{Develop/cvsaccess.html}) --></a> and <a
                                                                  href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Develop/packages.html}) -->"
                                                                  shape="rect"><!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Develop/packages.html})
          --></a> will be kept in sync with reality.</p>
    <!-- one of (dd dt) -->
        The xemacsweb CVS repository is moved from <a
        to &lt;a
        href="http://sunsite.dk/cvsweb/XEmacs/xemacsweb/?cvsroot=XEmacs_CVS"&gt;SunSITE.dk&lt;/a&gt; to
        make automatic website updates work again.  See also <a
                                                                href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{About/XEmacsServices.html#issue6})
                                                                -->">Service Issue 6</a>.</p>
        Europe gets its own directly updating XEmacs website in
        Denmark, <a href="http://www.dk.xemacs.org/"
        This new service is brought to us by <a
                                                href="http://sunsite.dk/">SunSITE.dk</a>.  It updates
        automatically within minutes from CVS commits to the website
        This complements the services provided by <a
                                                     href="http://www.xemacs.org/" shape="rect">www.xemacs.org</a>
        and <a href="http://www.us.xemacs.org/"
               shape="rect">www.us.xemacs.org</a>, which both live in the
	XEmacs 21.4.0 "Solid Vapor" is released.  See the
	<a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Releases/21.4.0.html}) -->"
        for details.
	<cite>Infodock</cite>, the industrial-strength IDE built on
	XEmacs, has now opened a <a
                                    shape="rect">SourceForge project</a>.  The current release
	of Infodock, 4.00.08, is based on XEmacs 21.1.
	The final release date for XEmacs 21.4 has been fixed for
	April 15th; see the
	<a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Releases/Public-21.2/index.html}) -->"
	   shape="rect">Release page</a>
        for details.
	The code base currently called ``XEmacs 21.2'' is now
        <a href="<!-- _GP_ relPath(qq{Releases/Public-21.2/index.html}) -->"
	   shape="rect">scheduled for release</a>
	on March 1, 2001.  Prelease testing and development discussion
	are taking place on <a
	the open list for developers and beta testers.  Come join the
        <a href="http://www.xemacs.org/"
           shape="rect">www.xemacs.org</a> gets a new face, a sister:
        <a href="http://xemacs.sourceforge.net/"
           shape="rect">xemacs.sourceforge.net</a>, and a new
        maintenance system, due to the hard work of Adrian Aichner.
        It's all documented <a
        It's about time for a dashing piece of news: William
        M. Perry's work (funded by BeOpen.com through sourceXchange),
           shape="rect">Gtk-XEmacs</a> is available via tarballs or
        directly from the XEmacs repository.</p></dd>
        Steve Youngs, our XEmacs Packager from Downunder, reports:
        Andy Piper can't have all the limelight.  My daughter, Kaitlyn
        (a future XEmacs hacker) was born July 1, 2000.</p></dd>
        Congratulations to XEmacs hacker Andy Piper and his
        family on the birth of William Piper on 5 May 2000!</p></dd>
        Users of the MacOS are reported to be rejoicing wildly now
        that a <a
                  shape="rect">port of XEmacs 19.14</a> is available for their
        platform of choice.</p>
        XEmacs has been nominated in the <a
                                            shape="rect">Slashdot 2000 Beanie Awards</a>, in the Best
        Open Source Editor Category. We urge all XEmacs users to vote
        <small>(http://slashdot.org/vote.pl)</small> for their
        favorite editor.</p></dd>
        The first public release of <a
                                       shape="rect">coffee.el</a> allows RFC2324-compliant coffee
        devices (Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol, or HTCPCP) to
        be controlled from within XEmacs. Coffee-drinking XEmacs users
        everywhere rejoice as their favorite beverage is unified with
        their favorite editor.</p></dd>

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