@returntrip@mastodon.technology the main question for me is if the "old" will be a problem for me. Emacs in Flatpak was pretty quirky when I tried it, and even if it would work great it would be inconvenient as my workflows now depend on Emacs launching containers a lot (e.g. to run LSP servers and tests).

Fedora Workstation is an option of course, but feels silly for _one_ program (even if it is Emacs).

@bkhl I missed the original post, so I'm guessing at the original issue. But what about (a) just building Emacs from source? or (b) using Nix's/Guix's Emacs on top of whatever distro you're using?



@emacsomancer @returntrip@mastodon.technology yup, if that's the only application that's an issue with using a longer term release distro I might just compile my own Emacs.

@bkhl I compile my own anyway since I'm using Emacs 28.0.5. It's not a major burden.

@emacsomancer @returntrip@mastodon.technology yeah, wouldn't think so. I guess I will do it the minute I find something lacking in Emacs 26, which is what RHEL is currently on. It's not _that_ old, so maybe I won't even notice the difference ...

@bkhl depends mainly on what packages you use probably. there could be something targeting 27. but 26 is only a couple of years old.


@emacsomancer @returntrip@mastodon.technology the main thing is the JSON parsing performance improvements, since I use LSP a lot. I guess I'll find out soon if it's fast enough anyway.

Managing the compilation/installation of a few programs you particularly care about is entirely reasonable. You can also keep multiple installations around if you want to check on old vs new behavior.

You could also look if someone has already set up a copr for new Emacs (or generally new XYZ) on CentOS 8. I know there were some for Emacs on CentOS 7.
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@tfb @emacsomancer @returntrip@mastodon.technology sure, it's just that when I switched from Ubuntu to Fedora Silverblue I dropped a rather large set of Ansible playbooks to set up a lot of development stuff in my home directory. I'm quite wary of getting back into the same situation.

That said a year of living in Silverblue and doing almost all development stuff with containers has maybe immunized me against that somewhat.

@bkhl Do look into copr if you haven't though. You can use Fedora's build farm to make packages for CentOS @emacsomancer @returntrip

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