Mike Stone

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Revisiting Emacs

15 Oct 2020

A long, long time ago on an operating system that resembled Linux but wasn’t, I used to use emacs. In the years since, I’ve migrated away to several different editors, but I’ve never really spent much time in emacs since. I’m thinking of giving it another go.

I recently watched a “First Look” at SpaceVim by DistroTube, and it looked really interesting. I’ve been using vi/vim for close to twenty years now, and I’m not even all that good at it. It’s such a powerful tool. I also like to keep things pretty much vanilla because then I’m not used to configuration being there when I move to a server that I don’t have complete control over.

Still, SpaceVim looked interesting enough to give a go. It was a quick, easy install and away I went with SpaceVim.

During the first look at SpaceVim, DT mentioned Doom Emacs several times. I don’t really use Emacs, and I rarely extend those applications anyway, so I’d never heard of it. I liked SpaceVim enough that Doom Emacs caught my attention.

I’ve heard over and over again how versatile Emacs is. From what I can tell, you can do pretty much anything with it, from file managers to window managers to media players, ad nauseum.

I haven’t been super interested in any of that stuff now for longer than some of my friends have been alive, but for some reason this time it struck my fancy.

Today, I installed Doom Emacs, and I’m going to try this thing for the first time in longer than I care to say. Wish me luck.

Day 90 of the #100DaysToOffload Series.



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