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GNU Emacs - Let's get started (workshop)

Submitted Feb 15, 2019

We spend most of our time writing things, be it code, documentation, blog post, emails etc. The tool that one uses to write things should be something which is highly configurable and focuses more on productivity. This workshop will cover reasons why one should use GNU Emacs, it will cover various things Emacs can do out of the box. How it’s possible to extend it for various programming languages and editing needs.

It will be a complete hands on workshop/session where everyone will learn basics of GNU Emacs. This will help one to get started using Emacs as their editor.


Duration of this workshop: 2.5h to 3h
• Why Emacs?
• Basic navigation
• Using buffers and frames
• Using spell check
• Viewing man, info pages
• Using shell inside Emacs
• Using Calculator, Calendar
• Introduction to Org mode
• Introduction to Magit


• Any GNU/Linux system with GNU Emacs 26.1+ installed
• A keyboard with working Control and Alt keys

Speaker bio

Bhavin is working with InfraCloud Technologies, Pune. His main area of interest are Free/Libre and Open Source Software, containers and Kubernetes.