[TUHS] Un-released/internal/special UNIX versions/ports during the years?

Joerg Schilling schily at schily.net
Mon Feb 27 00:54:10 AEST 2017


Michael Kerpan <madcrow.maxwell at gmail.com> wrote:

> Oops. Meant to send this to this list but sent it privately. Here's a
> second try:
>
> My supposition is that EMACS was basically Stallman's attempt to bring in
> all the things he liked about the LISP Machine environment into the Unix
> world through the back door. The original PDP-10 EMACS really was just a
> pile of macros which turned TECO into something usable by mere mortals. If
> all you wanted was an editor that worked the same way as PDP-10 EMACS, it
> would have been easy to create: several people have (MicroEMACS, etc). It's
> the fact that GNU EMACS was intended as a haven for MIT LISP hackers adrift
> in the bold new world of Unix that made it so huge for its time.

But the GNU EMACS is not a RMS invention...

GNU EMACS is based on the Gosling EMACS and this did already include the LISP 
interpreter.

When Gosling started to work for Sun, he did no longer have the time to 
maintain it and did hand it over to Unipress. RMS did take this code, added a 
few small changed and sold it under the name GNU emacs.

Jörg

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