Emacs is an editor, but not just it. Thats what i read on internet. Emacs like in a battle with Vim, another editor. I have play with vi so many years ago, but with emacs it is just recently i learned to use it basic function.
Install it on ubuntu we can choose GUI or terminal version. I like the terminal version because it will be handy during my engagement with VM/Cloud which only can use terminal to manage it.
Open Emacs by typing on terminal emacs and press enter, it will show a welcome page like below.
We can move cursor to a hyperlink and press enter to go to particular subject, like tutorial or manual. Tutorial can also accessed using key combination C-h t, which mean press Ctrl and hold then press h, release keys, then press t. C is Ctrl and M is Meta (Alt/Esc).