[gopher] OT: Anyone interested in text editor programming? (fwd)
RichA at vulcan.com
Sat Aug 14 19:42:40 CDT 2010
> Video TECO is an attempt to re-create this great old editor in a
> version that any Tom, Dick, or Harry would understand. It was written
> by Paul Cantrell ten years ago; the files had been lost, until I
> discovered a snapshot of the source hiding in my e-mail inbox. I've
> even found a patch to make it run on Linux. So I've re-released it
> under the Sleepycat Licence, and I am currently enlisting developers
> to help me add new features and squash bugs.
Who is this fellow, and what makes him think that TECO, visual or otherwise,
has ever been lost????
*I* haven't lost it, and I am the maintainer of MIT TECO and EMACS, and have
been since I posted a Y2K fix to comp.emacs and gnu.emacs.bugs (or whatever
the newsgroup was called at the time). RMS stated that he had no idea that
anyone was maintaining it, and that if I wanted to take it on, I should go
for it. As I was working for a company that built PDP-10 clone systems at
the time, I did so quite happily.
Video TECO has never been lost. It was written by PDP-10 engineers at DEC
in the 1970s, and it still present on the Tops-10 distribution tapes (as
images at http://pdp-10.trailing-edge.com/).
10 years ago is not all that long in the history of TECO, and I have no
idea who Mr. Cantrell might be, but I misdoubt he would have a great deal
to say about the expropriation of his work by this fellow without, as far
as I can tell, so much as a "By your leave".
$DEITY, I hate children who think that because something is unknown to them
it must be unknown to all the world!
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