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Lucid GNU Emacs is "free"; this means that everyone is free to use
it and free to redistribute it on a free basis. Lucid GNU Emacs is not
in the public domain; it is copyrighted and there are restrictions on
its distribution, but these restrictions are designed to permit
everything that a good cooperating citizen would want to do. What is
not allowed is to try to prevent others from further sharing any
version of GNU Emacs that they might get from you. The precise
conditions are found in the GNU General Public License that comes with
Emacs and also appears following this section.
The easiest way to get a copy of GNU Emacs is from someone else who
has it. You need not ask for permission to do so, or tell any one
else; just copy it.
If you have access to the Internet, you can get the latest version of
Lucid Emacs from our anonymous FTP server, `lucid.com'. It can also
be found at numerous other archive sites around the world; check the
file `etc/DISTRIB' in a Lucid Emacs distribution for the latest known
You can also purchase Lucid Emacs tapes and manuals directly from
Lucid. For current pricing information, call (800) 223-9322, or send
electronic mail to `firstname.lastname@example.org'.
Getting Earlier Versions of GNU Emacs
Lucid GNU Emacs, the version of Emacs described in this manual, is
not distributed by the Free Software Foundation. You can, however,
still get other versions of Emacs from there.
If you have access to the Internet, you can get the latest
distribution version of GNU Emacs from host `prep.ai.mit.edu' using
anonymous login. See the file `/u2/emacs/GETTING.GNU.SOFTWARE' on that
host to find out about your options for copying and which files to use.
You may also receive GNU Emacs when you buy a computer. Computer
manufacturers are free to distribute copies on the same terms that
apply to everyone else. These terms require them to give you the full
sources, including whatever changes they may have made, and to permit
you to redistribute the GNU Emacs received from them under the usual
terms of the General Public License. In other words, the program must
be free for you when you get it, not just free for the manufacturer.
If you cannot get a copy in any of those ways, you can order one from
the Free Software Foundation. Though Emacs itself is free, the Free
Software Foundation's distribution service is not. An order form is
included in the file `etc/DISTRIB' in the Emacs distribution. For
further information, write to:
Free Software Foundation
675 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
The income from distribution fees goes to support the foundation's
purpose: the development of more free software to distribute just like
If you find GNU Emacs useful, please send a donation to the Free
Software Foundation. This will help support development of the rest of
the GNU system, and other useful software beyond that. Your donation
is tax deductible.
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