Re: Too bad ...
> [Too bad...] It can't simply be used as a drop-in replacement for bash
> I like it so much ...
Yep. The problem is that if fish emulated the Posix/bash syntax, you probably wouldn't like it half as much, since it would be a much worse shell.
Re: zsh? :)
> % I also suspect that most distros
> wouldn't dream of
> % switching from bash as the default
> Well I'd vote for zsh being default
> shell in ALT Linux -- for
> non-minimalistic (interactive at least
> :) systems, that is. ALT isn't
> first-tier distro but still I like it
> very much for the team and quiet
> convenience in many places around the
> package base.
> And I'd do so exactly for zsh's gentle
> completion and care for tired people
> doing things like "rm * ~" with no
> stinkin' "-i" aliases in.
> If only UTF-8 locales (multibyte input)
> would get proper treatment there...
You would vote for zsh becoming the default interactive shell for most distributions and so would most users of zsh. If zsh was configured to look like bash by default, most bash users would also be happier, since zsh is a much nicer shell for interactive use. But distros aren't switching. I guess they are a conservative bunch.