Like many, I am a recent Mac OS X convert. I left Windows about 9 months ago and haven’t looked back. Upon switching, I found several different emacs distributions. While each has its own strengths and weaknesses, only Carbon Emacs made the cut. Here’s why:
- Actively Maintained – Updates are frequent and based on Emacs 22 CVS builds.
- Included Packages – It includes common packages that most developers are going to need anyway. Why emacs doesn’t yet include most of these by default is beyond me. I guess tetris, gomoku, and doctor are more important than nxml-mode, psvn, and ruby-mode. I thank Seiji Zenitani for moving things in the right direction.
- Mailing List – The Carbon Emacs Google Group is active and friendly (this replaced the old mailing list) .
- Universal Binary – I’m fortunate enough to have a shiny Intel-based MacBook Pro, and I like using it.
- GNU Emacs – I’m not a zealot, but I learned on GNU Emacs and remained loyal. The XEmacs contingent can tell me I’m crazy.