Emacs 24.4 Is Almost Here

I just noticed Emacs 24.4 is almost here, according to this email from Stefan Monnier the release candidate should be out this Friday October 17, 2014 and the final release if everything goes well the subsequent Monday.

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Emacs-24.4’s release
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:51:20 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4.50 (gnu/linux)

This is great news.  I have been using the pre-release version of Emacs 24.4 (24.4.50.) for a while already on my FreeBSD system as there is a port for the development version of Emacs available on the platform.  I am looking forward to having it available officially on all platforms I use soon.

The most obvious and most notable feature of Emacs 24.4 that I love using and having available is the built-in browser,  “eww”.   Even though I have made a more concerted effort this year to use emacs, I am still pretty much a newbie when it comes to deeply understanding everything Emacs.  Obviously, the more I use it the more comfortable I have become with editing in it but there is still a whole lot more I can learn.   A goal of mine for the next year when I find the time is to learn more about Emacs Lisp so I can really take advantage of the facilities that emacs provides and further improve my productivity within emacs.  Consequently, reading An Introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp is on my TODO list for next year.

Now what motivated my post today was this Hacker News discussion highlighting a very good post on Mastering Emacs about  What’s New in Emacs 24.4.  Having only read it superficially, I still need to digest and understand a lot of the finer points on the new features and capabilities of emacs 24.4.  But in any event, it’s safe to say it is a must read for anyone wanting to get up to speed on what the new version of Emacs has in store.  Moreover, if you are a beginner or novice in Emacs like myself,  I can highly recommend the website Mastering Emacs as it is quite informative and chalk full of emacs related info.

I’m eagerly looking forward to the release date.  It’s a great time to be an Emacs user.


The first release candidate for Emacs 24.4 was released today.  Here is the link to the announcement with the text reproduced below.  The following is the link to get the release candidate: ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/pretest/emacs-24.4-rc1.tar.xz

From: Glenn Morris
Subject: Emacs 24.4 release candidate 1
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:26:04 -0400
User-agent: Gnus (www.gnus.org), GNU Emacs (www.gnu.org/software/emacs/)

Update 2: Emacs 24.4 Officially Released

Great news as Emacs 24.4 was officially released. Here is the link to the official announcement.  There is a great discussion of the Emacs 24.4 release on Hacker News.

From: Glenn Morris
Subject: Emacs 24.4 released
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:32:19 -0400
User-agent: Gnus (www.gnus.org), GNU Emacs (www.gnu.org/software/emacs/)



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