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February Technical Meeting Information

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 Date: 13 February, 1999
 Meeting Time: 12:30
 Meeting Place: Temple University
 2-8-12 Minami Azabu,
 Minato-ku, Tokyo
 (map at http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps.html)
 Meeting Topic:  Steven Baur and Martin Buchholz
 XEmacs/Mule/Internationalization and Open Source Software development

Technical Meeting Topic

Steven Baur (aka “Mr. XEmacs”) is the head maintainer of XEmacs (since 19.15/20.0) and has a great deal of experience in various areas of software development.

Martin Buchholz is currently the active developer most familiar with Mule internals. He was formerly employed by Sun Microsystems to work on XEmacs, and in particular on Mule.

Steven and Martin talked about the current status of XEmacs development, Mule and multi-lingual support, the influence of Java on internationalization and the future of XEmacs and Emacs-like environments. They also talked about Open Source Software (OSS) development issues, such as project management, commercial support for an independent OSS project, and the future of internationalization in the Open Source community. Martin explained his efforts in optimizing XEmacs, gave a framework for comparing Lisp and Java, and showed us his vision of the free software/open source world.

They answered questions from the audience that were not only about the technical aspects of XEmacs, but also how the XEmacs team is organized and how development is coordinated.

Their interaction with TLUG members was extremely valuable, both for them to get feedback from the audience, and for TLUGers to benefit from their experience and wisdom.

Raffle and items for auction

The following items were auctioned at the meeting:

Thanks are also due to Stephen Turnbull, for contacting the guest speakers, to Oliver Bolzer, TLUG Japanese liaison, and to Stephen Carter, for contacting Temple University (who also provided us storage space; 4 boxes full of TLUG assets for use at the meetings are now being kept in the TUJ basement).

Meeting Place

(map at http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps.html)

The Temple University Japan (TUJ) Campus is located at 'San no Hashi' (the street name is 'Sakurada Dori'). The DHC building across the street has a HUGE four sided sign that says DHC. The 06 bus from Shibuya stops at Furukawa-bashi, which is a one block walk away from TUJ. TUJ is in a single big building with a sign out front, right on Sakurada Dori. 1999:02 02