State of The SXEmacs
Steve Youngs <steve <at> sxemacs.org>
2015-06-26 02:23:14 GMT
OK, so it's probably about time we had a release. Yeah, yeah, I know,
it's only been a couple of years since the last one, why so soon?
When? I have no exact date/time in mind, but it won't be tooooo far
aways (coupla weeks maybe, or sooner all going well). But before I'm
ready, I need to tick a few things off of my SXEmacs todo.
Way back when we had our last release I had grand plans for doing all
kinds of wonderful things to SXEmacs. My howm todos and notes filled up
like you wouldn't believe. And then... well, dunno what happened
really, but suffice to say that most of "the things" are still undone.
Now, if I wait until I've cleared everything before I release, your
grandchildren will still be using v22.1.15, so I've reduced my list to a
couple of items, moving everything else to the future.
Here are the things I need to finish up before I'm ready for release.
1) Disable dbus in configure so we're not building a useless
non-functional emodule. Please note that this is a temporary
thing. It is only so people won't be disappointed/annoyed at
seeing "dbus" being detected and not being able to use it. I fully
intend to bring dbus to SXEmacs in the next release cycle.
2) Clean up as much of the compiler (gcc) warnings as I can. Most of
the warnings I see will disappear once I turn off dbus so I don't
expect this to be all that big or time consuming.
3) FFmpeg media backend. This is the big/hard one for me. I want our
FFmpeg back to working order. I will be happy for "plays audio
And that's it. As you can see, the first 2 are reasonably minor and
trivial. It's number 3 that'll give me the most grief, but we'll get
I want to point out that this sets out when _I_ will be ready to cut a
release. If anyone has things on the go that's totally fine. I'm very
happy to give you the time you need to finish. Obviously that time
can't be "unlimited", but I'll certainly be fair and reasonable.
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