Why isn't emacs installed by default

Nicolas Mailhot nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net
Mon Jun 4 10:47:43 UTC 2007

Le Lun 4 juin 2007 12:06, Patrice Dumas a écrit :
> On Mon, Jun 04, 2007 at 11:42:29AM +0200, Olivier Galibert wrote:
>> You may think you're funny, but you have to realize that if emacs
>> goes
>> vi* is next.  The desktop seems to be controlled by people with a
>> windows envy.
> Indeed, but hopefully with the community involved and the tools in
> place
> (pungi) maybe it could be possible to do a spin for other userbases.

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.

Nicolas Mailhot

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