So I found something called Doom Emacs a few days ago. It is kind of
like Spacemacs, a Emacs configuration system / setup with VIM
The big selling point of doom over Spacemacs is that it loads much
faster. For example on my MacBook Pro it loads in 25% of the time with
There are multiple reasons for Doom being faster:
- It is in general much less code, than in Spacemacs.
- All the code in Doom uses modern methods to load Elisp code.
- Doom uses a Makefile to install / uninstall and update packages
instead of during startup
- And you can pre-compile most modules with “make compile”.
Now. Spacemacs is much more “complete” all the built in keyboard
shortcuts and command have been set up to be very intuitive and it
almost always work exactly how you expect. This means that I think
Spacemacs is a better place to start, than Doom. But Doom is awesome if
you are afraid of configuring yourself.
Doom features a similar module system to the Spacemacs layer system. But
I found it much more intuitive to use myself. Doom itself is also much
more like standard emacs than Spacemacs when it comes to configuration.
You can use much more code exactly how it would be using plain Emacs.
My favourite thing on the develop branch is that you have the doom code
in .emacs.d and then you have your “private” module (exactly the same as
other modules) located in .doom.d. This is awesome and makes it much
easier to keep your settings in sync on multiple branches than with the
Spacemacs structure where you have your stuff inside the Spacemacs repo.