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Re: emacs for everything?


From: Floyd L. Davidson
Subject: Re: emacs for everything?
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 10:05:12 -0900
User-agent: gnus 5.10.6/XEmacs 21.4.15/Linux 2.6.5

Fabian Braennstroem <address@hidden> wrote:
>
>You can hide all 'distrations from window borders, mice scroll-bars, menus,
>task-bars,...' and by the way, 'fluxbox' can do that too.

Virtually *any* X window manager is going to be *far* more
flexible as a window manager than is emacs.  In my original
article fvwm2 was mentioned, and of course it and many other
window managers can use or not use all of those options.

It happens that I don't like eye-candy cluttering up the screen
either.  Hence I have no icons, don't have a task-bar, etc. etc.
However, I've come to find that window borders are in fact
useful, as are pop-down menus and scroll bars.  To me the trick
is to make the small enough, use the right colors to keep them
from being distracting; which is to say that proper
configuration is everything. (What else is new, eh?)

Of course, again, the point is that an X window manager is
flexible, and *any* of those options can be changed to suit
*any* user.

The window manager capabilities of emacs are great, and whenever
I'm on a terminal (yes, that still happens), on a terminal
emulator logged in remotely, or in any other of the common
situations where X can't be used I am just ever so greatful that
RMS viewed emacs as the entire user interface rather than just
as an editor.

-- 
Floyd L. Davidson           <http://web.newsguy.com/floyd_davidson>
Ukpeagvik (Barrow, Alaska)                         address@hidden


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