|Two programs are used to created the file containing all the Emacs files. Tar is the Tape Archiver and is used for back-up purposes. When creating the the Emacs distribution Tar is used to create one big file containing all the needed files. GZip is a compression program, that will reduce the size of a file. Don't confuse GZip with the popular Zip archiver.|
A native version for Windows exists, and it is the version I recomend using. Alternativly you could use the version that comes with Cygwin, but it is either a console version or relies on X Window System.
Installing Emacs on a Windows system is quite simple, and consists of the following steps:
All mayor Linux distributions comes with Emacs. It might not be installed by default, but it should be quite easy to install.
If Emacs does not exists (or work) for your Linux distribution, you could build it yourself. See the next section on how to build Emacs.
Emacs exists for most common Unix systems, alternatively you could build it yourself.
I've not tried building Emacs. It is huge. The source code, when unpacked, consists of 1.734.584 lines of code (including comments) in 2553 files using 73 MB of diskspace. And you need at least 120 MB additional free space to build it.
Build Emacs should be as easy a performing the following:
If you have build other open source programs you're proberly familiar with the above steps.
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