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Re: freedomization task list [was: Re: Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL]

Jed might be a good starting point for pico emulation.    It's a reasonably 
lightweight (but surprisingly featureful) editor.   It's scriptable and 
already emulates several other editors..

>From the debian description of the jed package:

   "Jed offers: Extensible in a language resembling C. Completely 
    Capable of read GNU info files from within JED's info browser. A variety of
    programming modes (with syntax highlighting) are available including 
    Java, Perl, C, C++, FORTRAN, TeX, HTML, SH, IDL, DCL, NROFF, PostScript, 
    Folding support. Edit TeX files with AUC-TeX style editing (BiBTeX support
    too).  Rectangular cut/paste; regular expressions; incremental searches;
    search replace across multiple files; multiple windows; multiple buffers;
    shell modes; directory editor (dired); mail; rmail; ispell; and much more."


> I really doubt it. For one, pico's command set is very different from
> EMACS's, (this would, of course, make it a pain in the ass to program
> EMACS to have pico's key bindings) and it behaves in very different ways--
> for instance, I run Debian, and the version of EMACS that Debian comes
> with, when run under X, spawns off an X-ized version of EMACS, rather than
> merely running the text-only (console?) version in the xterm. I don't like
> this. It's not how pico operates-- and thus, this would have to be coded
> around.
> More importantly, EMACS is huge. Pico is tiny-- 156K versus 1.81M
> on my system, just binaries-wise (and we all know that EMACS loads up
> basically a whole OS worth of libs ;) ). Pico is tiny, albeit tricky to
> compile-- the clone would be tiniER, and easier to compile-- and free.
> EMACS is free-- but huge, and hardly anyone would want to have to install
> a gigundo EMACS package to be able to use their old pico knowledge.
> Thing is, pico is basically a very -simple- editor. It'd be fairly easy
> to clone, and by cloning pico, people would have a small, fast, pico-like
> editor-- but it'd be totally free. Then, the lib that someone recently
> mentioned-- libmailbox?-- could be used, in conjunction with the PiClone 
> (or whatever it's called) code, to build the PINE clone relatively easily. 
> 							--Caspian
> On Mon, 6 Dec 1999, Richard Stallman wrote:
> > Would it make sense to program Emacs to emulate PICO?
> > Could this be done well enough to make PICO users happy?
> > 
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