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 Mince Is Not Complete Emacs

 Author:   Mark of the Unucorn  
 Homepage: http://www.motu.com
 Family:   EmacsFamily MsDosEditors CPMEditorFamily
 Platform: CP/M 80, MS-DOS
 License:  Commercial

An Emacs clone from a company called Mark of the Unicorn.

As far as I can tell, Mince was an editor written in BDS-C. It ran on the CP/M-80 operating system and worked in conjunction with Scribble, a formatter for printed output. When the user purchased Mince, the source code came with it. Mark of the Unicorn later rewrote Mince and Scribble as PerfectWriter. MOTU no longer produces Mince. You can read about Mince at:


There is some good information on the Amethyst Users (CP/M) archives (vintage 1990) at [retroactive.org], though you'll have to scan the textfiles individually. If you check on [Google], you can find quite a bit more.

DISCUSSION: Maybe my memory is failing but I was sure that I remembered using a full Emacs implementation under BSD unix on a Vax around 1982 give or take a year - and I'm sure it was written by Mark of The Unicorn. In fact I thought of it as the definitive Emacs at the time as I remember the Stallman implementation being quite a memory pig, and this one having identical functionality in a much smaller footprint. I may be wrong, but since the author is still available maybe we could write him and ask? In fact since MOTU is now well out of the text editor business, perhaps we could persuade them to release the source code now? (for historical interest) - gtoal

Unfortunately, I don't believe they can. MINCE, combined with the SCRIBBLE text formatter they also offered for CP/M, got released for MS-DOS as Final Word, and later as Final Word II. Final Word got sold to Borland, who repackaged it as Sprint (and later killed it off.) So I don't think MOTU has the rights to the code these days. --DMcCunney

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