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On 31 Jan 1998 john@dhh.gt.org wrote:

> > Hehe.  It would take the average user 3.732 years to learn emacs.
> If she approached it without prejudice, she would learn it about as quickly
> as any other complex application.  Besides, he is suggesting an 'edit' mode
> that would come up automatically.  The user need never know she is using
> emacs.

But as you say, in order to get to that edit mode a giant program (it's an
editor, its an operating system!)  must be loaded into RAM.  Debian's
emacs package is >6MB compressed.

I was basing the comment of difficulty of learning based on the thickness
of the emacs manual. The June 1995 version for V19.29 is 470 pages.
Personally, I don't use it.

George Bonser 
If NT is the answer, you didn't understand the question. (NOTE: Stolen sig)
Debian/GNU Linux ... the maintainable operating system.