[OS X TeX] On E.F.'s Enhanced Carbon Emacs

Richard Seguin riseguin at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 14 21:45:17 EST 2004

On Dec 14, 2004, at 7:24 PM, Joseph C. Slater wrote:

> On Dec 14, 2004, at 6:56 PM, Piero D'Ancona wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I guess several of us use Enrico Franconi's Enhanced Carbon Emacs,
>> and that's why I am cross-posting. Enrico received
>> some not totally polite criticism on the list (e.g., comparing his 
>> installer to
>> a trojan...) which he really did not deserve. So he became bitter and
>> decided to quit enhancing, after the next release. Being one of the
>> many silent users of his work, I felt I should at least say thank you.
>> What do you think?
>> Anyway, that's the exchange:
> I agree completely. Enrico, along with other authors (Jerome, Gerben, 
> Richard, Dave...), don't get nearly enough credit for the effort that 
> they put in. Any disagreements with respect to how their distributions 
> install or run should be cast only in the most positive and 
> constructive sense. I've tried every code listed on the MacTeX site (I 
> feel it's a responsibility) and use more than half regularly (Yes, I 
> actually chose applications by mood). I try to repay them in some 
> small way by maintaining the web site, but I do very little compared 
> to the sacrifices of time our software authors make for all of our 
> benefit. I encourage each of them to disregard the occasional negative 
> comments that they may receive from jaded individuals who lack the 
> understanding to realize the potential ramifications of their words. 
> These ramifications are usually greatest for those not involved in the 
> conversation. The only reward many of our authors ever receive are our 
> kind words. The damage done by careless words can be immeasurable when 
> an author withdraws from the community. I'm very thankful for Enrico's 
> service to myself and the community, and hope that he will reconsider, 
> while completely understanding how he very well may need to step away. 
> I have not been far from it myself at times.
> Joe

Well said! And I might add that anyone out there unhappy with the 
efforts of these authors should try doing it themselves. The creation 
of any one of these pieces of software is a huge and daunting amount of 

Richard Séguin

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