Why do so few use emacs?


A link to a relevant section of Richard Stallman’s original paper on emacs:


This is what I was trying to get at.


Couldn’t help remembering this nursery rhyme:

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.


What if people don’t want to learn programming? Computer literacy nowadays will not be just about programming. Computers can do many more things.

Of course, it’s good to know programming. And it might be easier to learn programming with a programmable text editor.

But you can’t ask everyone who uses the computer to do programming. It’d be akin to asking everyone who rides a car to learn mechanical engineering.


I agree. I was reading this website http://geekheresy.org/ where there is a paragraph which says, “After a decade designing technologies meant to address education, health, and global poverty, award-winning computer scientist Kentaro Toyama came to a difficult conclusion: Even in an age of amazing technology, social progress depends on human changes that gadgets just can’t deliver.” The gadget can be digital or non-digital, tangible or intangible.

The point is that the way people integrate technology to solve real-life problems is more important than the actual tool in itself.


Adding this here like a bookmark

"All of the greatest engineers in the world use Emacs. The world-changer
types. Not the great gal in the cube next to you. Not Fred, the amazing
guy down the hall. I’m talking about the greatest software developers of
our profession, the ones who changed the face of the industry. The
James Goslings, the Donald Knuths, the Paul Grahams2, the Jamie
Zawinskis, the Eric Bensons. Real engineers use Emacs. You have to be
way smart to use it well, and it makes you incredibly powerful if you
can master it. Go look over Paul Nordstrom’s shoulder while he works
sometime, if you don’t believe me. It’s a real eye-opener for someone
who’s used Visual Blub .NET-like IDEs their whole career.

Emacs is the 100-year editor. "

^ Now that is selling a product

They forgot to add Richard Stallman, Eben Moglen, most GGC developers, GNU Hurd developers…

" Emacs has the Quality Without a Name. "

whoa!! ^ that


You can control Firefox directly from Emacs using firefox-controller


Looking the the screenshots of firefox-controller, I am beginning to wonder. What’s your strategy of maintaining frames and windows? I currently go full screen with one frame and then C-x 2 C-x 3. But it seems like there are other better ways of managing them.


here you are! https://github.com/purcell/emacs-firefox-controller


I meant, I was looking at those screenshots and wondering :smiley:


Famous Emacs Users (that are not famous for using Emacs) http://wenshanren.org/?p=418