All other things being equal, avoid empowering lunatics.
I have been an emacs user for close to 8 years now. That is about to end. After reading about James Clark's new nXML Emacs XML editing mode I decided to give it a try. Lo and behold it requires emacs 21.X and here I was languishing in a backwater at 20.7.1. So I head off to ftp.gnu.org to get the latest windows binaries for the latest release of emacs. But instead of finding binaries I found a slew of back-RSNs. What, pray tell, are back-RSNs? Little text files explaining that the stuff you are looking for will be back Real Soon Now. They're gone because:
A root compromise and a Trojan horse were discovered on gnuftp.gnu.org, the FTP server of the GNU project. The machine appears to have been cracked in March 2003, but we only discovered the crack in the last week of July 2003. [MISSING-FILES.README]
Here's a clue, one month does not qualify as Real Soon Now. One month later and all the windows emacs binaries are still missing and so are the latest emacs sources. Both the slipshod detection and languid pace of repair make me think they're aiming to give Microsoft a run for their money on security.
I am now looking for a new text editor. I would prefer something I could run on both Windows and unix boxes. Reasonably full featured and with a decent scripting language. Suggestions are welcome.