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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: 4, Funny) by Reziac on Saturday March 02, @03:01AM (3 children)

    by Reziac (2489) on Saturday March 02, @03:01AM (#1347039) Homepage

    "Why did this happen? Because emacs users could not figure out how to exit the editor"

    Where is the mod for "+1, Literal Truth" ??

    I only tried emacs once. I could not figure out how to exit the durn thing and wound up doing a hard reset to get loose from it. I am quite convinced emacs was built from bear traps.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by RS3 on Saturday March 02, @06:12AM (1 child)

    by RS3 (6367) on Saturday March 02, @06:12AM (#1347050)

    It's been a long time since I tried EMACS, but IIRC I had to ALT-F2, login, kill -9 [EMACS process ID].
     

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Reziac on Saturday March 02, @06:26AM

      by Reziac (2489) on Saturday March 02, @06:26AM (#1347051) Homepage

      I made the mistake of attempting it from within my first foray into linux.... babes in the woods... bears....

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday March 04, @06:37PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 04, @06:37PM (#1347314) Journal

    emacs was built from bear traps.

    It was so difficult I could not bare it.

    But then Macintosh Common Lisp (oh, about 1990 ish) had a GUI editor called FRED. (Fred Resembles Emacs Deliberately) Every key binding was programmable, of course in CL. But since it was a GUI, you could move the window around, pick File-->Save, and close it.

    Ooops, but I forgot to evaluate it first, so now I have to re-open that file . . .

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