[Sugar-devel] XFT emacs rocks on the XO...

Gary C Martin gary at garycmartin.com
Wed Feb 11 12:33:02 EST 2009

On 11 Feb 2009, at 16:25, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 16:52, Gary C Martin <gary at garycmartin.com>  
> wrote:
>> On 11 Feb 2009, at 05:59, Martin Langhoff wrote:
>>> Stock F9 emacs isn't very usable on the XO screen, unfortunately.  
>>> Lack
>>> of fonts and high dpi make it rather painful. After struggling a bit
>>> to get a comfy hacking/editing environment on my XOs, I ended up
>>> installing the precooked Xft-enabled emacs rpms, as per:
>>>   http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Emacs
>>> and after setting a nice readable font... I'm very happy with the
>>> setup.
>>> Also, the XO ships with a very limited vim. yum install vim-enhanced
>>> has improved my part-time vim usage.
>> Yea, sudo yum install of vim, git, pylint, and nethack ;-) are about
>> the first things I do after a clean flash of an XO I plan to develop
>> code on.
>> --Gary
>> P.S. For the record vim is 22Mb (most of which is perl), git is 3.8Mb
>> (shares some of the aforementioned perl), pylint is 5Mb (almost all  
>> of
>> that is mx), and nethack is just 1.3Mb (press ? for help).
> I guess the advantage of nethack is that once you install it you don't
> need nor vim, nor git nor pylint anymore.

Well, I recommend it purely for putting the hjkl cursor navigation  
keys into your muscle memory, ready for heavy vim coding sessions, and  
for acclimatising n00bs to the idea that, "text can be fun too!" :-p


P.S. As an infovis, GUI, graphic, 3d Gouraud shaded, open GL, pixel  
necked geek kind'a guy – this is clearly the dark hidden side to my  

> Regards,
> Tomeu
>>> cheers,
>>> m
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