An extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor
If this seems to be a bit of a mouthful, an easier explanation is Emacs is a text editor and more.
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What's New in This Release:
- A packaging system and interface (M-x list-packages) for downloading and installing extensions. A default package archive is hosted by GNU and maintained by the Emacs developers.
- Support for displaying and editing bidirectional text, including right-to-left scripts such as Arabic and Hebrew.
- Support for lexical scoping in Emacs Lisp.
- Improvements to the Custom Themes system (M-x customize-themes).