Emacs Starter Kit
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The Starter Kit provides a more pleasant set of defaults than you get normally with Emacs. It was originally intended for beginners, but it offers a nicely augmented working environment for anyone using Emacs.
You'll need Emacs 24, which comes with package.el. It's not hard to compile from source, but precompiled versions are readily available for Debian-based systems, Mac OS X, and Windows.
If you need to maintain compatibility with Emacs 23 or 22, you need to use version 1.
Add Marmalade as a package archive source in ~/.emacs.d/init.el:
(require 'package) (add-to-list 'package-archives '("marmalade" . "http://marmalade-repo.org/packages/") t) (package-initialize)
Evaluate that code by hitting M-x eval-buffer in, then you can install it:
M-x package-install RET starter-kit RET