# Emacs & the birth of the GPL

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like Emacs. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like Emacs. If you put Emacs in a cup it becomes the cup, if you put into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put Emacs into a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, Emacs can flow or it can crash. Be Emacs, my friend” – a hacker koan found on the Emacs wiki

Emacs is not so much a text editor, more a way of life – an “extensible, customisable self-documenting real time display editor” with thousands of ready made extensions that take you way beyond its original remit as a text editor, some of which can be found at the Emacs wiki or on the Emacs Lisp list.