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Re: future of emacs20

"Thomas F. Burdick" <tfb@OCF.Berkeley.EDU> writes:
> While emacs21 is unusable on things like Sun Ultra-1's and Pentiums,
> it's also unusable in some shared and networked environments, even
> with top-of-the-line hardware.  Emacs21 is a resource hog compared to
> 20.  Not so much in terms of memory, but it seems to use a lot more
> processor time, and is so bandwidth-hogging, it can be unusable over
> even a fairly fast network.

While there are specific problem areas in emacs 21, mostly related to
traffic over the X connection, I think most of those problems can be
worked around by tweaking the configuration appropriately (e.g., toolbar
too slow? turn off the toolbar!), and I'm not aware of any general slowdown.

Personally, until recently I used emacs 21 on debian running on a
pentium 133 with 80meg of memory (under X), and it was absolutely fine.

As with the GUI preferences issue, I'll bet a lot of this can be
addressed adequately by documention.

Most of the X connection issues have been discussed at some length on
emacs mailing lists, so I'd guess that someone's already made a FAQ or
something about them and the workarounds.  [Anyone know?]

I'd rather be consing.

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