: Learning GNU Emacs, 3rd Edition Installing Emacs from the FSF Installing Emacs from the FSF

As we mentioned, the binaries at the FSF are stable but generally older. For example, at this writing, the Nqmacs site provides binaries built on 7/25/04 while the FSF's site provides binaries from 3/10/2004.

To download Emacs from the FSF, simply point your browser at http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/emacs/. Scroll down to find the windows folder. In there, you should find several downloads. The binaries come in three flavors:

bare (barebin)the bare minimum you need to get going

standard (bin)what most folks need to get running

full (fullbin)the full meal deal; everything and then some

Grab the one you want and download it. You can use WinZip (http://www.winzip.com) to unpack it. If you have the Cygwin utilities installed, you can also use gunzip and tar as we discussed in the Unix installation section.

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