What is XEmacs?
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 GNU Emacs. 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 Sun Microsystems, University of Illinois, Lucid, ETL/Electrotechnical
Laboratory, Amdahl Corporation, BeOpen, and others, as well as the unpaid
time of a great number of individual developers.
Web and FTP hosting graciously provided by Sourceforge, SunSITE and tux as
well as many world-wide FTP site and Web site mirrors.
As a common saying goes: Objects in mirror are closer than they
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.
America . Asia .
Australia . Europe
Current XEmacs Core Releases
Problem reports and requests for enhancement may be filed at the new XEmacs
issue tracking system.
XEmacs 21.4 has been promoted to stable, and the XEmacs 21.1 series
has been retired. For those with classic taste, these historical releases
are still available. We will continue to support, at a lower level, 21.1
Current XEmacs Package Releases
See the Quickstart Package Guide for
information about the XEmacs package system. It is a feature differentiating
XEmacs from GNU Emacs by allowing us to deploy bug fixes and enhancements of
our lisp packages on a separate, usually faster, schedule than core XEmacs
- Official Release
XEmacs Community News
XEmacs joins the 21st century with a new issue tracker.
Thank you, Siam Web Hosting, for mirroring the XEmacs website.
XEmacs users in China now have a "local" mirror to
download from! Thank you, FKtPp!
Max Bear adds a website mirror, in Texas, USA, and might followup with a
ftp site mirror as well. Thank you!
is.xemacs.org is taking some time off, but will return before long.
We now have a functional primary FTP mirror in the US again. We're
greatful to ibiblio, a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain
and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for filling the
We have a functional primary FTP mirror in the UK again. Thanks to the
University of Kent UKMIRROR service.
The XEmacs Project notes with sadness the untimely passing of J. Pitts
Jarvis, III, of Palo Alto, CA. Jarvis was responsible for the ports of
XEmacs 19.14 to MacOS 8, and of XEmacs 21.5.9 to Mac OS X (the "Carbon"
branch). We will miss his presence as we integrate his work.
Peter Brown, our new website sidekick, sets up a Namazu search engine
for the XEmacs website. Indexes get updated on each and every commit to
the website. Mailing lists remain searchable
separately via their own interface.
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 GTK XEmacs bugs page (it disappeared
between June and October 2004) for more information. Thanks, Les!
All XEmacs CVS modules, among other projects, can now be browsed via
cvsweb (upgraded to ViewCVS access on 2002-01-16) at the Anonymous CVS
Repository at SunSITE.dk. See also Service Issue 8. Details about CVS
repository access are still in flux, but documentation in
Develop/packages.html will be kept in sync
XEmacs 21.4.0 "Solid Vapor" is released.
Infodock, the industrial-strength IDE built on XEmacs, has now
opened a SourceForge project. 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 Release page for details.
The code base currently called ``XEmacs 21.2'' is now scheduled for
release on March 1, 2001. Prelease
testing and development discussion are taking place on xemacs-beta,
the open list for developers and beta testers. Come join the fun!
It's about time for a dashing piece of news: William M. Perry's work
(funded by BeOpen.com through sourceXchange), Gtk-XEmacs is available
via tarballs or directly from the XEmacs repository. (N.B. This feature
has been incorporated in the XEmacs mainline since the 21.4.0 release.)
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.
Congratulations to XEmacs hacker Andy Piper and his family on the birth
of William Piper on 5 May 2000!
Users of the MacOS are reported to be rejoicing wildly now that a port
of XEmacs 19.14 is available for their platform of choice.
XEmacs has been nominated in the Slashdot 2000 Beanie Awards, in the
Best Open Source Editor Category. We urge all XEmacs users to vote for
their favorite editor.
The first public release of coffee-el 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