I started using Emacs back in…ohh…1992? And I loved it! It was bare bones and it was fun learning about all the packages and modes that were available, not to mention learning EmacsLisp! Nowadays, however, most (myself included) prefer to install something and begin using it right away. Well, guess what? There’s a lot of function in base Emacs and https://karthinks.com/software/batteries-included-with-emacs/ spells out a lot of what you can do without adding anything! Yeah, I learned a lot!