FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Phew. Slim pickings for Mac OS X freeware or Open Source apps last week. Even the free web item mentioned in my blog (SimCity Classic Live) was ActiveX based. if you have a favorite freeware or Open Source app for Mac OS X that hasn't been mentioned in my blog yet, please let me know.

Carbon Emacs Package: Emacs Editor on a Mac without X11
Sat, 10 Nov 2007 23:33:17

If you've wanted to try Emacs on a Mac but didn't want to install X11, you might want to check out the Carbon Emacs Package port by Seiji Zenitani. The latest release came out on November 6.

If you want to learn more about the Emacs editor, head over to the GNU Emacs home page.


2007-11-16 08:11:07
I don't know if it's hit your blog or not (search didn't bring it up), but this is my preferred emacs on OSX:


It's Cocoa, not Carbon, and is closer in behavior to the (canonical) emacs I use every day on my linux machine at work.

2007-11-16 20:32:42
There's also Aquamacs, which I like:


One nice thing about Aquamacs is that I can continue to use Mac shortcuts like Command-S in addition to standard emacs keybindings too. Considering how much Mac shortcuts are ingrained into my muscle memory (almost as much as Emacs shortcuts), it's nice to use whatever comes out of my fingers.