Emacs 23 is a real improvement from the previous release (GTK+, xft, faster with DVCS, etc) and with a bit of tuning (it's still Emacs , it's again better:
- the rendering of anti-aliased fonts is strange in Emacs 23 but the Terminus font is really great IMHO:
(setq default-frame-alist '((font . "terminus")))
- the post Recipe: Bearable Emacs is a must-read and provides the wonderful Wombat theme.
- the on-the-fly syntax checker, flymake, is also really pleasant to use when you code in Python. I've copied the configuration from the Emacs Wiki and added this line to limit the use at Python
'(flymake-allowed-file-name-masks (quote nil))
Last week, Fred (the Release Team member of course) has invited me to a famous radio show, "Good Morning, Stallman". During the show, I said the translating is good way to discover new features before the releases, sometimes it's also the only way!
For example, I've discovered a powerful feature of Tasks by translating some regular expressions, you can enter a task as:
then the date will be extracted from the message:
You can use days, weeks, months and various prepositions, eg. in 3 weeks, by w32, due 1st June.
Of course, this feature works fine in French too!
 http://www.radiopanik.org is the most famous radio in Brussels or in its street!