Cascade of Attention-Deficit Teenagers
Posted Mar 1, 2012 15:48 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Cascade of Attention-Deficit Teenagers
Parent article: Wayland - Beyond X (The H)
Because the utility of software is perfectly expressed by a popularity contest.
Well… yeah. What else can you suggest?
Windows is objectively better than Linux by that metric, and various obscure embedded OSes are even better!
Windows is most definitely better, but various obscure embedded OSes are not: they are not in the same market. In some cases embedded Linux does better then other embedded OSes (smartphones, for example), in some case it's worse (featurephones, for example), but on desktop it's so far behind it's not even funny.
Software can have different target markets.
Ah-ha. So you do get it. You just refuse to admit defeat.
Someone satisfied with Visual C++'s editor is unlikely to need or want the flexibility of Emacs: someone whose mind is written in Lisp and who dreams in Emacs keybindings is never going to be satisfied with Visual C++.
Sorry, but no. For that to happen someone must first be exposed to Lisp. People whose mind is written in Lisp are not numerous enough to form a genuine separate market. If you'll take a look on the “new generation”, you'll find out that a lot of them used Visual C++ at one point or another, but most have never ever tried to use Emacs. For them it may not even exist.
This means that when “old generation” will go away (which is kind of inevitable) Emacs will be just a footnote in a Wikipedia.
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