The sad saga of xemacs vs. gnu emacs

I'd been a longtime user of the Xemacs that came packaged with the Sun Studio tools years ago. I knew there was a split, and a dreamed of merge ... but I'd never really quizzed Ben Wing or Martin Buckholtz (sp?) (two of the Sun engineers who contributed the linkage code, and were Xemacs maintainers) about the how and why of the split and fork.

Here is a pointer to at least side's worth of the sad saga.
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The main reason why the emacsen can never merge is legal - rms wants to own the copyright, and large chunks of xemacs are copyrighted by others -- such as Sun! BTW, some people get upset at the capitalization "Xemacs".

Posted by Martin Buchholz on December 12, 2005 at 03:01 PM PST #

Sorry about the mis-capitalization; no offense intended!

Posted by Keith Bierman on December 12, 2005 at 03:10 PM PST #

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