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Re: How big is the "niche" of Emacs users?


From: Dieter Wilhelm
Subject: Re: How big is the "niche" of Emacs users?
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 20:56:55 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1 (gnu/linux)

Bastien <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi all,
>
> I recently received an e-mail from a friend (no matter what was the
> discussion about) saying that he wanted his views to reach a lot of
> users, not only the "niche" of Emacs users.
>
> Then I started to figure out how large is this "niche".
>
> Of course, the word "niche" implies that we are able to define something
> like the ecological "competitors" (what are the softwares around Emacs?)
> which might not be trivial given Emacs is so versatile.
>
> Anyway, I've found Xah Lee's list here:
>
>   http://xahlee.org/emacs/text_editor_trends.html
>
> But I don't know exactly how it was produced: how did he use Google
> Trends to get it?  Other request: where could I possibly find absolute
> numbers?  Is it possible to infer them somehow?  

I think http://popcon.debian.org/ can be a good quantitative source,
if you know how to supply your queries (unfortunately I don't).

-- 
    Best wishes

    H. Dieter Wilhelm
    Darmstadt, Germany




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