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  Aging PowerBook Upgrade by a Linux/OS X Geek
Subject:   Emacs
Date:   2006-07-22 22:23:05
From:   cristoper
Aquamacs is hands-down the best Emacs currently available for Mac OS X. It's a native Cocoa app so it works like other Mac apps. Also, it combines both the emacs key bindings with the Mac key bindings in a surprisingly pleasing manner.


Aquamacs is based on the Carbon emacs build, it's not a native Cocoa app. There is a native Cocoa/OpenStep port of Emacs: Emacs.app (http://emacs-app.sourceforge.net/) . A new version was recently released, but it is still in the alpha stage (with some annoying graphical glitches). I think the maintainer of Aquamacs has mentioned the possibility of building future versions of the Aquamacs distribution off of the Cocoa Emacs.app once it is more complete.


I didn't find Aquamacs to be any easier to use than a vanilla Carbon build, personally. Worse, actually. It seemed to open new buffers in new frames unpredictably. I much prefer the Carbon Emacs Package (http://homepage.mac.com/zenitani/emacs-e.html) . It comes with lots of packages, is just as Mac-like, and not as weird.


However, I'm quite in support of Aquamacs Emacs. Apparently it works for some people, and I assume all the useful Mac-ish improvements they make to the Emacs source will make it back to the GNU CVS for the benefit of all distributions :)