Make it Easy to Install Emacs

Sunday December 7, 2014

“GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more.”

I wanted to invite novice hackers to check out Emacs. But installing Emacs for the first time isn't easy! Or rather: the installation can be easy, but finding the right package for your system may not be.

So I made, a static site hosted with GitHub pages (repo). It does a rough system detection and then presents simple, direct installation directions.

The directions are opinionated in that they only show one method per system:

I tried to make attractive, after the fashion of hip startup sites. The nice background image is courtesy of Andrea Schieber, who released the original on Flickr with a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Thanks very much to her! I cropped and edited the original a little bit with GIMP. As required, the edited version has the same license.