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Uhhh (2)

JMZero (449047) | more than 12 years ago | (#3652493)

ChomskyPirate [blogspot.com] ....

definitely the ninjas (2)

Pinball Wizard (161942) | more than 12 years ago | (#3653905)

not mentioned on the pirate site, of course, is the age old problem [amazon.com] that occurs when men are stuck out at sea for months upon end.


And then of course, there is this [realultimatepower.net] , proving the superiority of the ninjas over the pirates.

hey.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3657308)

It is official, FSF confirms: Emacs is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Emacs community when FSF confirmed that the Emacs market share has dropped yet again, with yet more users switching to the highly praised vi product line. Coming on the heels of a recent user survey which plainly states that Emacs is continuing to lose market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Emacs is collapsing in complete disarray, as has had so many releases it's current version number is greater than 21, a clear sign of crappily maintained software.

You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict the Emacs future. The writing is on the wall: Emacs faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Emacs because Emacs is dying. Things are looking very bad for Emacs. As many of us are already aware, Emacs continues to lose market share to vi. The red ink flows like a river of blood.

Let's keep to the facts and look at some numbers.

Tim O'Reilly, of O'Reilly and Associates Publishing (ya know, the books with the animals on the cover), told folks on his Ask Tim forum that he is among those that have made the switch from Emacs to vi. In his message [oreilly.com] , he tells his followers that O'Reilly sells almost double the number of vi books when compared to sales of Emacs books. Likewise, an O'Reilly sponsored Linux Expo vi/Emacs paintball match shows a similar 2:1 advantage to team vi.

All major surveys show that Emacs has steadily declined in market share. Emacs is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If Emacs is to survive at all it will be among text editor dilettante dabblers. Emacs continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes...

Emacs is DEAD
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