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Re: Is Emacs very alive, active and improving?


From: Rainer M Krug
Subject: Re: Is Emacs very alive, active and improving?
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:00:07 +0200
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address@hidden (Phillip Lord) writes:

> 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.

Not only more programmers, but also more IDE, source code editors (in
the widest sense) - i.e. alternatives to emacs. 

I love emacs and  will stick with it (even if I am the last one using
it), but I see the difficulty to sell it to new programmers. By the way:
I see the same problem with vi.

Rainer

>
> Phil
>
>
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