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Re: [Groff] The future redux

From: Eric S. Raymond
Subject: Re: [Groff] The future redux
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:44:44 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Charlie Kester <address@hidden>:
> Disagree with your assertion that ncurses-based apps are dead or dying.
> For example, there are a lot of people using mutt for email and the
> non-GUI version of vim for general text editing, and these (and many
> other ncurses apps) are actively maintained.

I concur with this disagreement.  I'm reading this mail in mutt.  And not
because I'm an old fart from a relatively early cohort of Unix hackers either
- though that is arguably true, and the "relatively early" part is descriptive
anywhere I'm not sharing an email list with Doug McIlroy :-).

TUI (terminal user interface) applications retain significant utility because
they can be used over low-bandwidth connections and ssh, and don't have the
number of fragile environmental dependencies typical for GUIs.  That use case
won't be vanishing anytime soon.  
                <a href="";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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