I’ve been using Emacs for longer than I’m willing to admit. However, I started using Vim because I wanted to see what the other side was raving about. I discovered that Vim has a much better default user experience. The modal shit and the composition-style of key bindings is, IMO, better than what Emacs uses. However, when it comes to customization and configuration, Emacs wins. What if you want both?
I tried Evil mode, but it fucks with too many other modes (perhaps I’m doing something wrong?).
Then just the other day I stumbled upon Spacemacs, an opinionated Emacs “distro”. It aims to give you the best of both worlds, but without being bound by either. So far, I’m loving it! I’ll make sure to give it a go for the next month as my primary editor, and I’ll report back to you about it. I’ll also attempt to customize it for prose-writing and let you know how that goes.
Till then, here are some resources for getting started if you’d like to give it a go.
- Main site.
- Video: installing Spacemacs.
- Configuring Spacemacs: a Tutorial.
- Video: Spacemacs ABC 1.
- Video: Spacemacs ABC 2.
- Spacemacs First Impressions.
- Haskell, Stack, & Spacemacs.