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Re: Recommended editor for novice programmers?

On Sat, 2 Sep 2017, Tom Browder wrote:

My Linux user group is setting up one desktop computer and one laptop
computer for lending to our local library as an educational resource for
folks who want to explore what Linux is all about.  We are using Debian 9
for now.

I am open to any suggestions for standard packages we should add. I have
already installed gcc and friends as well as Scilab, R, Perl 6, and some
other stuff, including emacs.

Regarding emacs: Did you install the non-DFSG items from the non-free
debian repository? For example, if you are using emacs version 24,

| emacs24-common-non-dfsg - GNU Emacs common non-DFSG items, including
| the core documentation
|  This package includes the core Emacs documentation: the Emacs Info
|  pages, the Emacs Lisp Reference Manual, and the Emacs Lisp Intro.

The emacs (non-DFSG) info pages will be useful for novices, but will
be absent unless you install them. The emacsNN-common-non-dfsg package
for the corresponding version (NN) of emacs is one way to do so.