Emacs is a powerful text editor that is popular among programmers and other computer users with technical work. EMACS, an abbreviation for Editor MACroS, was originally completed by Richard Stallman at MIT in collaboration with Guy Steele in 1975.
Inspired by TECMAC and TMACS, this is a macro text editor written by Guy Steele, Dave Moon, Richard Greenblatt, Charles Frankston. Since its inception, Emacs has evolved into a number of branches, the most widely used of which are: GNU Emacs, initiated by Richard Stallman in 1984 and maintained by him, and XEmacs in 1991. XEmacs is a branch of GNU Emacs and still maintains considerable compatibility. They all use Emacs Lisp, a highly scalable programming language, that extends the functionality of programming, compilation, and even web browsing.
Emacs 26.2 released. Major updates:
Highlights of this release include:
– Emacs modules can now be built outside of the Emacs tree source.
– Emacs is now compliant with the latest version 11.0 of the Unicode
– In Dired, the ‘Z’ command on a directory name compresses all of its
There are many more changes; for a summary see the etc/NEWS file, which
you can view from Emacs with `C-h n’.
For the complete list of changes and the people who made them, see the
various ChangeLog files in the source distribution. For a summary of
all the people who have contributed to Emacs, see the etc/AUTHORS file.
The pages on https://gnu.org/s/emacs as well as the online manuals will
be updated shortly.