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Re: On the subject of Git, Bazaar, and the future of Emacs development

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: On the subject of Git, Bazaar, and the future of Emacs development
Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:24:40 +0300

> From: Teemu Likonen <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden
> Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:02:20 +0300
> Eli Zaretskii [2013-04-02 19:38:26 +0300] wrote:
> > From: Teemu Likonen <address@hidden>
> >> I think Git is liked so much because it gives a lot of power to user.
> >> There was this time when the "Git opposition" had some/many
> >> philosophical reason why a DVCS software shouldn't allow user do
> >> various things. From certain point of view they can be right but
> >> users chose Git anyway because it has the functionality that they
> >> want.
> >
> > If it were that simple, Emacs would have been much more popular editor
> > than it is now. Yet, somehow that didn't quite happen. Perhaps "a lot
> > of power" is not the single most important reason, after all.
> Yes, and the other in my message was "the functionality that they
> [users] want." Meaning features that matter.

So you are saying Emacs doesn't have "the functionality that they
[users] want"?

> In his retrospective Velmer Vernooij said:
>     We lost sight of what mattered for our users, focusing on features
>     that were nice but perhaps not as necessary as we thought. We
>     overengineered. We didn't get rid of the crufty unnecessary
>     features. It's harder to comprehend, contribute to or fix
>     performance issues in a large layered codebase. And the larger a
>     codebase becomes, the larger the surface for bugs, the harder it is
>     to refactor.
> http://stationary-traveller.eu/pages/bzr-a-retrospective.html

I don't think Velmer was talking about git.

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