Them: I get the appeal of Free Software, but sometimes I want something that Just Works™, without needing to fuss with it.
Me: M-x emacs-uptime
Emacs: 128 days, 21 hours, 26 minutes, 26 seconds
@codesections Yeah, I am right there... but how much time did you sink into fussing with emacs to get it there for you?
I *love* Emacs, but man, I struggled to make it work sometimes. I spent hundreds of hours tweaking my config.
> Touch-typing is great! Yeah, but how many hours did you spend learning to touch-type?
Aside from the false equivalency, I would go on to say that, while Emacs is a wonderful text editor, it is often extended to try and fit situations that it's not always suited for. Touch-typing is a much more broadly applicable skill.
That all said, even if it does extend to fit new roles. Those extensions often don't fit the situation, services or features I need/want.
@codesections I use Emacs as a daily driver, read and write E-mail in it, used to run my job and life on top of planner-mode, and still love a lot about it as a text editor, but I've crashed it or (through packages that talk to external processes) gotten into bad states like won't-do-that-thing-anymore-until-you-restart or hang-once-every-5-seconds-so-you-have-to-slam-C-g-all-the-time sufficiently easily that I would be careful in making an absolute claim about its stability.
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