Bradley M. Kuhn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boston, Massachusetts, USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 - The Free
Software Foundation announced today the 21.1 release of GNU Emacs.
Emacs is a Free Software multilingual text editor, licensed under
the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL).
Richard Stallman said, "Emacs 21 is a big step forward in our
long-term plan to take Emacs from a programmable text editor to a
programmable word processor."
Emacs 21.1 includes support for proportional fonts: characters
in a line can be of variable width and lines can have variable
heights. It also supports including images in text. Emacs 21.1 adds
a number of new user-interface features: it has tool bars for
executing frequently used commands, it supports native scroll bars,
it displays tool tips, and it has a mouse-sensitive mode line. Even
on text-only terminals, Emacs 21.1 supports colors and other
With the release of version 21.1, the Emacs development sources
are accessible via anonymous CVS from http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/emacs/.
The anonymous CVS services are provided by Savannah, GNU's
SourceForge-like system for project collaboration.
GNU Emacs 21.1 has already been packaged for Debian. Users of
Debian GNU/Linux's unstable branch can install GNU Emacs 21 via the
native Debian APT system.
About GNU Emacs:
Emacs is the 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. At its core is an interpreter
for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with
extensions to support text editing.
Some of the features of GNU Emacs include:
Content-sensitive major modes for a wide variety of file types,
from plain text to source code to HTML files.
Complete online documentation, including a tutorial for new
Highly extensible through the Emacs Lisp language.
Support for many languages and their scripts, including all the
European "Latin" scripts, Russian, Greek, Japanese, Chinese,
Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Lao, Ethiopian, and some Indian
Many extensions for jobs such as reading and sending mail,
reading net news, calendar, and diary. More Emacs extensions are
distributed separately--even a web browser.
History of Emacs:
Richard Stallman developed the original Emacs text editor in
1975 while working at MIT. Emacs, first developed in 1975, is an
extensible text editor that allows the user to program editing
commands. The original Emacs used TECO as the user programming
language. GNU Emacs, which uses Lisp as the user programming
language, was started in September 1984 as part of developing the
GNU operating system.
Emacs has undergone continuous development since that time, and
has been approved based on user bug reports and contributions from
the Free Software community. Emacs 19 added support for multiple
frames using the X Windowing System. Emacs 20 added multi-lingual
GNU/Linux is the integrated combination of the GNU operating
system with the kernel, Linux, written by Linus Torvalds in 1991.
The various versions of GNU/Linux have an estimated 20 million
Some people call the GNU/Linux system "Linux", but this misnomer
leads to confusion (people cannot tell whether you mean the whole
system or the kernel, one part), and spreads an inaccurate picture
of how, when and where the system was developed. Making a
consistent distinction between GNU/Linux, the whole operating
system, and Linux, the kernel, is the best way to clear up the
confusion. See http://www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html
for more explanation.