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What is Emacs?

GNU Emacs is a text editor available under the GNU Public License. Version 24 of the program is compatible with a wide range of operating systems, including GNU, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. The application can be customized in a variety of ways and also boasts a large set of possible extensions to meet users’ needs for added functions. These extensions can add calendars, an interface for debugging work, a project planning tool, and more. It owes part of its impressive extensibility to its use of Emacs Lisp, which facilitates extension of the program. The program has full Unicode support and also allows bidirectional text input.

It should be clarified that simply referring to “Emacs” does not necessarily indicate the GNU Emacs application all the time: there are other Emacs that are available—Xemacs is one of them. However, by far the most widely used of all of these variants is the GNU one, which is why it is often the application turned to by those in need of an Emacs text editing application for the first time: it is often the first option recommended to these people.

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