Protesilaos Stavrou
Philosopher. Polymath.

Vlog on Emacs documentation culture

Emacs is the embodiment of the GNU telos

In this video blog I do something different than what has been the norm lately: I just to talk about Emacs rather than demonstrate some of its cool functionalities.

My thesis is that Emacs has a strong documentation culture, which extends to the entire experience with this tool.

I also discuss how Emacs is the vivid realisation of the GNU telos, which is codified in the four freedoms. Your day-to-day usage of Emacs will most likely cover—or directly benefit from—all of them:

  • to use the software as you wish;
  • to study its source and to modify it;
  • to share the original;
  • to share your changes to the original.

Combined with its documentation culture, Emacs is a microcosm of the GNU project’s vision for software freedom.

While not related to this video blog, here is my dotemacs, in case you want to exercise some of that freedom: