XEmacs is "free"; this means that everyone is free to use it and free
to redistribute it on a free basis. XEmacs is not in the public
domain; it is copyrighted and there are restrictions on its
distribution, but these restrictions are designed to permit everything
that a good cooperating citizen would want to do. What is not allowed
is to try to prevent others from further sharing any version of XEmacs
that they might get from you. The precise conditions are found in the
GNU General Public License that comes with XEmacs and also appears
following this section.
The easiest way to get a copy of XEmacs is from someone else who has
it. You need not ask for permission to do so, or tell any one else;
just copy it.
If you have access to the Internet, you can get the latest version of
XEmacs from the anonymous FTP server `ftp.xemacs.org' in the directory
`/pub/xemacs'. It can also be found at numerous other archive sites
around the world; check the file `etc/DISTRIB' in an XEmacs
distribution for the latest known list.
Getting Other Versions of Emacs
The Free Software Foundation's version of Emacs (called "FSF Emacs" in
this manual and often referred to as "GNU Emacs") is available by
anonymous FTP from `prep.ai.mit.edu'.
Win-Emacs, an older version of XEmacs that runs on Microsoft Windows
and Windows NT, is available by anonymous FTP from `ftp.netcom.com' in
the directory `/pub/pe/pearl', or from `ftp.cica.indiana.edu' as the
files `wemdemo*.zip' in the directory `/pub/pc/win3/demo'.
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