Recently, there has been a discussion about adding Emacs to the stages in addition to vim. The reaction was overwhelmingly negative; even more so than I had expected.
- I’m the one who spends his time and actual money on building stages, deploying them to exherbo.org, dealing with fall-out from changes, etc.,
- there’s no real argument against adding Emacs but “it’s not POSIX!” and “stages should be minimal!”, “only having Vim is a nice filter against the kind of user we don’t really want anyway”, “use the editor outside the stage”, etc.
- people are told to use e4r, which stands for “editor for retards” and is neither Emacs nor vim and, thus, doesn’t fix the problem,
… this is what I’ve changed effective by May, 7th 2014…
- I’ve added Emacs to the stages I build unilaterally (the first stage with Emacs included will be built on May, 8th 2014),
- I’m not going to change the stages set because that would influence any stages not built by me,
- I’ve stopped deploying the stages I build to exherbo.org (the last stage I deployed there is of May, 7th 2014),
- The stages I build will always be located at https://galileo.mailstation.de/stages/ (where they’ve been since I started building them),
- I’ve added the link to the stages on my server to the install guide as an alternative.
- if it is that big a deal that Emacs will be included in my stages, someone else will have to build official stages manually,
- if it’s not that big a deal, our core devs can say so on our mailinglist and I’ll gladly revert things to how they were – just with Emacs in the stages set.