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## Re: [h-e-w] Gnu Emacs

 From: Gary Oberbrunner Subject: Re: [h-e-w] Gnu Emacs Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:56:23 -0400 (EDT)

```and don't forget EmacsW32, which is a reasonably recent native Emacs build with
things like gnuserv/emacsclient fixed so you can open files from Windows
Explorer.

-- Gary

----- Original Message -----
> Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:32:00 AM
> Subject: Re: [h-e-w] Gnu Emacs
>
> > So I would like to install emacs on a new Dell XPS laptop with a
> > Windows 7 OS. Looking at the available files on your website I have
> > no
> > idea as to what I should download for my new machine. Also, will I
> > need a unix emulator or will I be able to use emacs directly with MS
> > Windows?
>
> You have (at least) three options, all of which have pros and cons:
>
> 1. Use a Windows-native Emacs[1]. This is likely your best bet,
> since it's officially supported by the Emacs people. Be aware
> though that a few things don't work quite right (for example,
> interfacing with OpenSSL and/or GnuTLS to read email through Gnus
> or VM (or whatever)), and the Emacs defaults don't always accord
> with the Windows ones (for example, a user's home directory for
> Win7 is C:\Users\username; but ~ for Emacs is
>
> 2. Use the Emacs from Cygwin[2]. This is what I think you mean by
> "unix emulator," although I think Cygwin is not actually an
> "emulator." The last time I used Cygwin, it worked very well,
> but of course, it's an entirely separate layer on top of
> Windows, with all that entails.
>
> 3. If you have Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate, you can enable the
> the SUA Utilities and SDK[3], and then install the tools from the
> SUA Community[4], one of which is Emacs. SUA is antiquated,
> finicky, and non-obvious (it was to me, anyway), and the SUA
> Community's Emacs is only version 21. However, SUA is an
> officially-supported Microsoft product, and I'm told there's lots
> of documentation on how to integrate the Unix and Windows pieces.
>
> to get my home computer set up the way I want (and eventually decided
> that it was all too much effort and installed OpenBSD, where things
> Just
> Work the way I expect them to).
>
>
> [1] http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/windows
> [2] http://www.cygwin.com
> [4] http://www.suacommunity.com

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