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Re: RFC: Flavors - naming significant sets of customizations

From: Jambunathan K
Subject: Re: RFC: Flavors - naming significant sets of customizations
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:30:27 +0530
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

The OP has settled for "suits".

I think "Halloween" would be a good word.  Not only that it is funny, it
is also scary and also functional (During you assume a different
personality via masks and dresses etc.)

Emanuel Berg <> writes:

> I still don't understand what a "large customization" is, or is
> supposed to be.

A good way to think would be to "segment" the users.

If one just puts a starting init file for each of the "segment" in GNU
ELPA, then this file and library itself will become a focal point for
consensus building.  In a word, the .el file becomes a "clearing house"
for common or recommended configuration.

0. Generic

   - Disable splash screen
   - Set user name
   - Set user mail address

0.5 - Dark theme users
    - Light theme users

1. Prose only folks.

   - Spell checking
   - Dictionary & Thesaurus
   - Line spacing

2. Gnus only folks (Difficult to find these)

   - Give them an init file with Gmail (and other popular servers)
     pre-configured and say put your username here and password there.

   - A configuration that enables and subscribes to *all*
     the emacs related groups.

3. Programming modes

   - Lisp

   - C

   - Perl

   - C++

   - Insert-the-new-language-you-invented

   - Cedet + completion packages

4. International users

   - Germany

   - Russia

   - China

   Recommended fonts, input methods and language settings etc.
   Timezone configuration etc.

5. Windows users

   - Cygwin

   - Libpng, libxml, zip, GnuWin32

6. Mac users

   - Most capslock + control swap folks seem to belong to this group.

7. Gnu/Linux users


8. Org-mode

   - Text markup users

   - Babel/Literate Programming users

   - GTD nuts

9. Tex + Bibtex users

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