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posted by janrinok on Friday March 01, @12:32AM   Printer-friendly
from the Browser-freedom dept.

There's a new browser in town: Nyxt. It is free software. It is intended to be modified by the user, perhaps even rewritten. From https://nyxt.atlas.engineer/:

Built-in programmability.

Use the built-in REPL to program Nyxt. Run short scripts, and try out new workflows. Everything in Nyxt is fully extensible and modifiable.

It is written in Common Lisp.

Is this the browser we programmers have been waiting for? The one we can modify to our wildest dreams?

[Ed's comment: The linked source is obviously intended to show a potential user how it will work, and in this role it does a reasonable job. But there is not a great deal to explain why they think it is a game changer, or why it will appeal to many users. If it is necessary to use Lisp to extend the browser then perhaps it will not have the impact that they seem to believe it will have. But what do you think? Will it gain a foothold, or simply fade away to be forgotten except perhaps for a few enthusiasts?]


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by istartedi on Friday March 01, @12:42AM (2 children)

    by istartedi (123) on Friday March 01, @12:42AM (#1346883) Journal

    I'm surprised Emacs doesn't already have a web browser built in. I think this will be a hard "no" for most of us except avid Lispers; but it's the kind of news I come here for, so thanks.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 01, @02:35AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 01, @02:35AM (#1346890)

    According to this short article, https://nyxt-browser.com/article/why-building-nyxt-instead-of-an-emacs-package.org [nyxt-browser.com] "Emacs already has a package called EWW, or Emacs Web Wowser." But the NYXT authors didn't like it for a number of reasons...

    Among the reasons is the complexity of full Emacs and the long learning curve.
    When I was a student (late 1970s) I used a very early Emacs on a slow time-share system, but once I had my own microcomputer I started using Emacs subset/clones instead...because they were a lot smaller and easier to learn than full Emacs. Now I'm down to using MicroEmacs when I need a text editor, works fine in Windows (my big customer has Windows stuff that I need to run).

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by RamiK on Friday March 01, @11:44AM

    by RamiK (1813) on Friday March 01, @11:44AM (#1346952)

    Emacs isn't multithreaded and no one is sure hot to do it without breaking backwards compatibility: https://coredumped.dev/2022/05/19/a-vision-of-a-multi-threaded-emacs/ [coredumped.dev]

    It's at the heart of why they haven't switched to guile, have good rendering or a built-in browser and it's why projects like lem (common lisp) and now this nyxt browser (also common lisp) are taking off: https://github.com/lem-project/lem [github.com]

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