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Re: Is Emacs very alive, active and improving?


From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: Is Emacs very alive, active and improving?
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:36:50 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Rustom Mody <address@hidden> writes:
>> That's hard to measure. One way for estimating popularity is Debian's
>> automatic popularity contest.
>>  
>> http://qa.debian.org/popcon-graph.php?packages=emacsen-common%2Cvim-common&show_vote=on&want_legend=on&from_date=&to_date=&hlght_date=&date_fmt=%25Y-%25m&beenhere=1
>
> Thanks for that picture.
> It confirms my personal hunchy feel that 20 years ago emacs-vi were kind of
> neck to neck; whereas today emacs is increasingly in the category: "Whazzat??"
> for young programmers.


Not sure that this is a good conclusion. I have vi installed on every
linux box I use, but Emacs on only some. But I use Emacs far more than I
use vi.

The other point to remember is that there are more programmers now than
20 years ago. I would be shocked if Emacs popularity as a percentage had
not dropped.

Phil



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