Why isn't emacs installed by default

Frank Schmitt ich at frank-schmitt.net
Mon Jun 4 12:02:05 UTC 2007

"Nicolas Mailhot" <nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net> writes:

> emacs and vi upstreams have the choice to update their software if
> they want to keep it installed by default
> vi is mostly safe - it's small and has discovered gtk.
> emacs is going the way of the dodo because it targets 1995-ish
> desktops, and we've not been shipping those for quite a long time. At
> one point the hassle of catering for legacy needs outweights legacy
> software benefits for most users.

The current Emacs release supports Gtk 2.0. Your point being?

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