Stallman Quits Emacs Maintainer Job

Feb 26, 2008

After 32 years as the maintainer of the Emacs editor, Richard M. Stallman, has assigned the task to two younger developers.

Last Friday Stallman announced on the Emacs mailing list that he would be handing over to two younger developers, Stefan Monnier and Chong Yidong. His announcement was short and to the point: "Stefan and Yidong offered to take over, so I am willing to hand over Emacs development to them." It is not currently known when the hand over will take place.

The new maintainers are both experienced Emacs developers. Stefan Monnier is an assistant professor at the Unversity of Montreal. Chong Yidong is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate. During her time at MIT she worked on the theoretical physics of compressed material.

In another posting on the mailing list Richard Stallman writes that this would not be the first change. Joe Arceneaux, Jim Blandy and Gerd Moellmann are all former Emacs maintainers so this is the fourth time that somebody apart from Stallman has had the job.

In an interview concerning the change Stallman states that he is just to busy to devote the time Emacs deserves to its development. He has been thinking of quitting his maintainer job for over a year.

Related content

  • Microsoft to Create Emacs Clone?

    Microsoft developer Douglas Purdy reports of plans to create a clone of the Emacs editor for .Net.

  • Local Security Bug in GNU Emacs

    A vulnerability in the extended text editor GNU Emacs gives local attackers the ability to run arbitrary code.

  • Richard Stallman: Cloud Computing a Trap

    As an original founder of Open Source, Richard Stallman cautions in an interview with the British Guardian newspaper about the repercussions of cloud computing. His main objection: dependency and loss of control.

  • GNU Emacs 23.1 Provides Anti-Aliasing

    Emacs, the extensible editor of the GNU project, is available in version 23.1. The release adds countless modernizations to the traditional program, such as font anti-alising and support for D-Bus and zeroconf.

  • Mono Discussion: Stallman Warns, Ubuntu Dismissive

    The introduction of Mono into Linux and the open source environment begs risking patent claims from Microsoft. Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman sees it that way. The Technical board at Ubuntu, on the other hand, doesn't consider it any reason to be disturbed.

comments powered by Disqus

Issue 174/2015

Buy this issue as a PDF

Digital Issue: Price $9.99
(incl. VAT)


njobs Europe
Njobs Netherlands Njobs Deutschland Njobs United Kingdom Njobs Italia Njobs France Njobs Espana Njobs Poland
Njobs Austria Njobs Denmark Njobs Belgium Njobs Czech Republic Njobs Mexico Njobs India Njobs Colombia