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Emacs & the birth of the GPL

Apr 06, 2010, 00:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

""Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like Emacs. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like Emacs. If you put Emacs in a cup it becomes the cup, if you put into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put Emacs into a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, Emacs can flow or it can crash. Be Emacs, my friend" - a hacker koan found on the Emacs wiki

"Emacs logo Emacs is not so much a text editor, more a way of life - an "extensible, customisable self-documenting real time display editor" with thousands of ready made extensions that take you way beyond its original remit as a text editor, some of which can be found at the Emacs wiki or on the Emacs Lisp list.

"You can spend the whole of your keyboard life inside Emacs and many programmers do. You can read your mail, read the news, write and debug your code, send it out to the world, play a game or browse the web (less so now than once you could), and never leave the slightly alien (to those brought up on a click and point interface) and strangely comfortable world of Emacs.

"For many the old aphorism that "Emacs is my operating system, and Linux its device driver" still holds true."

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