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3.8 What informational files are available for Emacs?

This isn't a frequently asked question, but it should be! A variety of informational files about Emacs and relevant aspects of the GNU project are available for you to read.

The following files (and others) are available in the etc directory of the Emacs distribution (see File-name conventions, if you're not sure where that is). Many of these files are available via the Emacs ‘Help’ menu, or by typing C-h ? (M-x help-for-help).

COPYING
GNU General Public License
DISTRIB
Emacs Availability Information
GNU
The GNU Manifesto
INTERVIEW
Richard Stallman discusses his public-domain UNIX-compatible software system with BYTE editors
MACHINES
Status of Emacs on Various Machines and Systems
MAILINGLISTS
GNU Project Electronic Mailing Lists
NEWS
Emacs news, a history of recent user-visible changes

More GNU information, including back issues of the GNU's Bulletin, are at

http://www.gnu.org/bulletins/bulletins.html and

http://www.cs.pdx.edu/~trent/gnu/gnu.html