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Pros:

the onscreen keyboard works
the shells work
it's pretty
it makes sounds

Cons:

electron is literally using 99% CPU on all four cores
electron is literally using 99% CPU on all four cores
electron is literally using 99% CPU on all four cores
electron is literally using 99% CPU on all four cores

@djsundog gross. Electron seems like the solution no one asked for; I don't think I've ever heard a kind word said about it.

Makes me think of when Unity DE came out for Ubuntu, and it was all CPU-intensive bells and whistles that didn't add up to much.

@greyor @djsundog Gods, I remember with that DE actually _overheated_ my laptops.

Never trusted it or Ubuntu again after that. :blobonfire:

@Jo @djsundog yeah, that was back in '07 or '08, and it just hosed my CPU. I ended up defecting to Xubuntu after that for a more chill experience, especially after the Amazon/Ubuntu telemetry cluster, too.

@greyor @djsundog Lots of people say nice things about Electron all the time. It's awesome for rapid prototyping, and letting you build web-tech that runs on the desktop, has filesystem & network access. JS is one of the most powerful, expressive, and safe languages. It's just not fast, and it burns CPU if you let it. Obviously not great for phones, but desktops are fine.

Slack's a bad actor regardless of language, but Atom and tons of other things run fine in Electron.
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