StarterKits

There are several so-called “starter kits” which provide default Emacs configurations that reflect the preferences of their creators. They are all quite different from the default GnuEmacs default configuration.

Ranked in terms of popularity, as measured by the number of stars on their GitHub repos (all numbers as of 2016-01-16, except for the updated 2018-08-25 numbers on Spacemacs and Doom Emacs):

Name Stars Contributors Commits Size (kb, zipped)Site
Spacemacs 15.7k 56874306040https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs
Doom Emacs 1.7k 274336142https://github.com/hlissner/doom-emacs
Prelude 2723100118880https://github.com/bbatsov/prelude
purcell emacs.d 241713242760https://github.com/purcell/emacs.d
magnars emacs.d 91061359500https://github.com/magnars/.emacs.d
Emacs Starter Kit 63019568190https://github.com/eschulte/emacs-starter-kit
oh-my-emacs 54010325110https://github.com/xiaohanyu/oh-my-emacs
Better Defaults 3792114https://github.com/technomancy/better-defaults
Graphene 189233540https://github.com/rdallasgray/graphene
ohai-emacs 1804124170https://github.com/bodil/ohai-emacs
ergoemacs-mode 1151325701800https://github.com/ergoemacs/ergoemacs-mode
Rho Emacs 311~https://github.com/GChristensen/rho-emacs