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Emacs is a nice operating system - it just lacks a good editor.

A programmers' text editor and IDE. See emacs(1).

Its icon is a kitchen sink, and there's very good reason for that. Its core is an Elisp interpreter which can be used to implement extensions, of which literally hundreds have been written - including a complete WebBrowser, MailClient, NewsReader, and almost anything else you could (n)ever need.

Unix programmers tend to settle on either Emacs or vi as their main programming environment, then pick on each other for their choices.

For a decent introduction to using Emacs, look at our slides on the UnixTutorials page.

"Master, does Emacs have the buddha nature?" "Why not, it has everything else!"