Monday, December 12, 2005

Emacs for Microsoft Windows

CVS Emacs for Microsoft Windows

In my quest to make windows an ever more usuable platform I've been playing with different versions of emacs (emacsen?).

First I tried cygwin's version. The X version isn't bad, but in general it integrates pretty poorly with other windows software. Besides, it doesn't really work with JDE (the Java Development Environment).

Next I tried NT Emacs. This has better integration with windows, and still allowed me to access cygwin tools. It works with JDE and is pretty slick in general.

However, some of the latest features of emacs weren't present in that version. So now I'm trying CVS Emacs. So far so good (of course, it's been about 3 minutes). This version of emacs builds on ntemacs, adding a slicker look and feel and at the very least support for inline images.

So, if you are an emacs geek, stuck on windows, save yourself some trouble and just start with the CVS version. You won't be disappointed.

Perhaps one day I'll get around to writing up why I'm even still using (and enjoying) emacs. But that post will have to wait for another day.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:12 AM

    I don't know if your a purist about you Emacs vs. XEmacs, but if you're not, give XEmacs on Windows a try. A long time ago I tried the other flavours of Emacs on Windows and settled on XEmacs as the best fit. It's been building natively on Windows for a while now, respects font-antialiasing, and integrates well with the Windows clipboard. There's also a nice installer with package selection if you don't feel like building it yourself.