Really impressed by spacemacs  so far.  I started out with Emacs back in the day.  Switched to Vim at some point.  Spent the last 7 years or so using Visual Studio with the fantastic VsVim plugin.  After a while I began to see Vim more as a great set of keybindings, not so much as a program to proselytise in its own right.   Most text editors will have a Vim keybindings plugin.  Now, after moving to new work and away from the Microsoft stack, Spacemacs is seeming like a great system – very very thorough Vim bindings support, but with a very powerful and well-though out system underneath that.

Spacemacs was completely unresponsive at startup.  Turns out, for whatever reason, it was after I was using my laptop in a new place, and based on this FAQ obviously the ISP there was doing something funky: https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs/blob/develop/doc/FAQ.org#why-is-spacemacs-hanging-on-startup.

Adding the settings there to the user-init function did the trick:

(setq tramp-ssh-controlmaster-options
      "-o ControlMaster=auto -o ControlPath='tramp.%%C' -o ControlPersist=no")