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Re: Apologia for bzr

From: Eric Brown
Subject: Re: Apologia for bzr
Date: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:47:46 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (berkeley-unix)

"Eric S. Raymond" <address@hidden> writes:

> Richard Stallman <address@hidden>:

>> We could even offer that as the mode of use for beginners, if that
>> would make it easier for a new generation of hackers to become Emacs
>> users.  I don't know whether it WOULD have that effect, but if it
>> would, I think it is a good idea.

>> Do beginners typically run Emacs under a graphical window system?
> Yes.  It's actually pretty rare for even old-school types to run 
> emacs in a hard or soft terminal these days; normally it is launched
> from a window system.

The "beginners" and "experts" that I work with are expected (and
desire!) to be able to work with Emacs being run through GNU screen, in
a old-school terminal window.

This allows us to easily reconnect to Emacs sessions that serve as the
REPL for long-running code written in, e.g. GNU R.

Unfortunately, we haven't had much luck reconnecting to X11 sessions
(hence GUI Emacs).  It turns out, we really don't need it for our
particular purposes.

Also, one of Eli's recent patches makes drop-down menus in terminal
windows; this removes one of terminal Emacs' "less-pretty" features and
increases accessibility through familiarity.

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