Other tools to install:
- GNU Emacs: best everything
- ripgrep: best grep
- fish: best shell
- Git (and hub): best VCS
- The Fuck: best fuck-up fixer
- tmux: best terminal multiplexer
- Firefox: best browser
- Solarized: best color theme
Previously I have used freshrc to manage my dotfiles (the history of which
is in the shell subtree). It was too complicated. Then I switched to a
combination of vcsh and myrepos, which added a lot of overhead.
Specifically, I did not like that the files didn't exist in a Git repository,
which broke VCS integration with my editors. After an erroneous
vcsh foreach git fetch was auto-corrected to
vcsh foreach init and broke my local repos,
I realized I needed just one repo.
I've also swapped between both Vim and Emacs several times. If I remember correctly, I started with Vim, was convinced to try Emacs by my mentor, fell in love with Elisp, never quite liked the key-chording and went back to Vim, hated VimL, used Spacemacs for a time, and now have taken to using my own integrations of Evil (Vim-mode) with Emacs.
I still recommend Spacemacs to new users, as it's the best of both worlds. I just found the one-size-fits-all approach too clunky for me, since I heavily customize my editor anyway.