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Developer(s)Jonathan Payne, Hugh Redelmeier
Stable release
4.16 / March 19, 1996; 28 years ago (1996-03-19)
Preview release / June 1, 2022; 2 years ago (2022-06-01)
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeText editor
WebsiteStable JOVE FTP site
JOVE Development FTP site

JOVE (Jonathan's Own Version of Emacs)[1] is an open-source, Emacs-like text editor, primarily intended for Unix-like operating systems. It also supports MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows. JOVE was inspired by Gosling Emacs but is much smaller and simpler, lacking Mocklisp. It was originally created in 1983 by Jonathan Payne while at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Massachusetts, United States on a PDP-11 minicomputer.[2] JOVE was distributed with several releases of BSD Unix, including 2.9BSD, 4.3BSD-Reno and 4.4BSD-Lite2.

As of 2022, the latest development release of JOVE is version; the stable version is 4.16. Unlike GNU Emacs, JOVE does not support UTF-8.[3]

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  1. ^ "JOVE - Jonathan's Own Version of Emacs". AuditMyPC.com. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  2. ^ Jonathan Payne (1983-04-04). "Weird file names and ..." Newsgroupnet.unix-wizards. Retrieved December 5, 2014. message-id:bnews.sri-arpa.940
  3. ^ Jove doesn't support utf-8, feature request from Debian's Bug Tracking System.