First step – get Emacs

Sooo. My goal is to be able to utilize this org-roam thing on two computers. Step 1 is obviously to install Emacs, but which Emacs?

On Windows 10, you can choose to install Emacs on Windows, or you can choose to install a linux bash and install Emacs on that. Being lazy and wanting this to work right out of the box, I installed it on Windows. Being new to this, I had second thoughts and also installed it in Ubuntu.

The problem was that I didn’t have enough information yet. Remember, org-roam is one of several add-ons to Emacs that makes it do what we want it to do. I had to also figure out what else I wanted this thing to do and how to make those other things work in Emacs.

Problem #1: In order to make the Ubuntu version of Emacs behave similarly to the way the Windows version behaved, I needed to also install a windowing program, the one I chose was Xming, and then I had to tell the Ubuntu instance to use this Xming to display Emacs whenever I wanted Emacs. It was a little clunky, but did the trick and I kind of liked it a little better than the Windows installation.

Problem #2: I had watched several videos and finally understood (fortunately early on) that I was going to want to add the functionality of an add-on called org-protocol. With org-protocol, you can highlight a section of text on a webpage, click on a link in your shortcuts, and open Emacs and immediately paste a link to the page and the selected text into a new document for immediate editing. After fiddling around a little bit, it became clear to me that I was not going to succeed in a bid to set up org-protocol to open the Ubuntu-based Emacs, so I have abandoned that path.

And that is why I uninstalled Ubuntu.

Which reminds me, I need to uninstall Xming.