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Re: Discoverability (was: Changes for 28)

From: Stefan Kangas
Subject: Re: Discoverability (was: Changes for 28)
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 19:51:59 -0700

Hi Tom,

Tom Gillespie <tgbugs@gmail.com> writes:

> Since Emacs is for all intents and purposes an operating system in the
> same sense that the Linux kernel is an operating system, it has to
> follow the golden rules for operating systems which is "never break
> user space."

I find the analogy to be fundamentally broken.  We jest that Emacs is an
operating system, but really it is not.  It's a text editor.

I don't see how the "don't break userspace" maxim of Linux kernel
development could be applied to Emacs in any meaningful way.  We deal in
Lisp, not ABI:s.

>               That means that certain seemingly simple and quick
> solutions, like changing defaults, are forever off the table.

If so, it's a new rule.  AFAICT, defaults both can and do change.
See NEWS for Emacs 27.1.

Best regards,
Stefan Kangas

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