JOVE (Jonathan’s Own Version of Emacs) is an open-source, Emacs-like text editor, primarily intended for Unix-like operating systems. Although JOVE is meant to be compatible with Emacs, there are some major differences between the two editors.
It provides the common Emacs keyboard bindings, together with a reasonable assortment of the most popular advanced features (e.g., interactive shell windows, compile-it, language specific modes) while weighing in with CPU, memory, and disk requirements comparable to vi.
The part of the Emacs experience that Jove leaves out is Lisp. For hardcore users of Emacs, this makes Jove a non-starter as an Emacs replacement, but as a replacement for Vim, the absence of Lisp simply means you get a lightweight non-extensible editor with the same look-and-feel as GNU Emacs.
JOVE is intended to be highly portable. It supports many ancient systems.
JOVE tries to be small and simple, but not too simple. Historically, it could run on a PDP-11 with only 64K of memory for code and 64K for data.
Developer: Jonathan Payne, Hugh Redelmeier
License: GNU General Public License
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