[TUHS] emacs

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at lemis.com
Fri Aug 4 10:39:43 AEST 2023

On Thursday,  3 August 2023 at 17:19:10 -0700, Adam Thornton wrote:
> The first Emacs I used was GNU emacs at already version...16 or something?
> In 1989,

Coincidentally that's when I first used GNU Emacs on a Unix-like
system (SCO Xenix, also coincidentally in Austin).  The version was

But as Warner says, there were plenty of Emacs-lookalikes on other
platforms, notably MINCE (MINCE Is Not Complete Emacs) on the Z-80,
which I used from 1980, and others, including the micro Emacs that
Warner used.

The Emacs lineage (TECO → GNU Emacs) isn't as straight as it might
appear.  There was also a Gosling Emacs in the interim time, and I
gather that rms used some of the concepts (screen refresh?) for GNU
Emacs.  Also I recall that the version numbering was a little
defective, something like skipping a number of major version numbers
because it seemed that enough time had passed.  But I'm hazy on the
details, and maybe somebody else can fill in.

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