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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

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: 4, Funny) by sgleysti on Friday March 01, @06:10PM (1 child)

    by sgleysti (56) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 01, @06:10PM (#1346991)

    Emacs is a good operating system, but it could use a better text editor.

    What if the browser could be the "OS".

    Sadly, this is happening for a lot of things. It turns out, what we really needed in software was to add more layers to our software stack, write everything in poorly designed interpreted languages, and host everything on remote servers. Welcome to the cloud.

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Friday March 01, @09:07PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 01, @09:07PM (#1347012) Journal

    Emacs is a good operating system, but it could use a better text editor.

    Emacs is sufficiently flexible to use it as a good OS and make it emulate VIM.

    Problem solved. Everyone happy.

    When trying to solve a problem don't ask who suffers from the problem, ask who profits from the problem.