I'm right now trying to configure Emacs to use real tabs instead of the messy default that mixes tabs and spaces. It's unthinkable that this wonder of configurability and extensibility would not allow this, but it is very likely that this horror of user unfriendliness will require me to browse pages of documentation, browse several forum messages and search the web to make this simple setting, which would take less than a minute in other editors.
I guess Emacs is just like
Unix; perhaps it is user friendly. It's just that it's very picky about who its
friends are. I've used it now and then for the last 12 years, but we're still not on a first-name