My full Emacs configuration consists of multiple packages and a few thousand lines of elisp code. The whole thing is then synchronized between my development machines so that I have a common environment to work in.

This setup works well enough, but it's a little heavyweight. For machines that don't require the full configuration - such as a Raspberry Pi - I use a much more streamlined setup. This version strips away some graphical elements I don't use, puts backup files in a single location, and sets up packages that I use every day.

The packages I use most frequently are:

;; Turn off menu bar, tool bar, and scroll bar.
(if (fboundp 'menu-bar-mode)   (menu-bar-mode   -1))
(if (fboundp 'tool-bar-mode)   (tool-bar-mode   -1))
(if (fboundp 'scroll-bar-mode) (scroll-bar-mode -1))

;; Turn off the splash screen.
(setq inhibit-startup-message t)

;; Set path to .emacs.d
(setq dotfiles-dir (file-name-directory
		    (or (buffer-file-name) load-file-name)))

;; Don't use tabs for indentation.
(setq-default indent-tabs-mode nil)
(setq-default tab-width 4)

;; Enable upcase/downcase region.
(put 'upcase-region   'disabled nil)
(put 'downcase-region 'disabled nil)

;; Store backup files under ~/.emacs.d/backups
(setq backup-directory-alist `(("." . ,(expand-file-name
					(concat dotfiles-dir "backups")))))

;; Maximize window when frame opens.
(add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(fullscreen . maximized))

(require 'use-package)

I use helm for finding files, switching buffers, and running commands with M-x. The configuration looks like this:

;; -------------------------------------------------
;; -- Helm - automatic completion buffers.

(use-package helm
  :diminish helm-mode
  (require 'helm-config)
  (customize-set-variable 'helm-ff-lynx-style-map t)
  (customize-set-variable 'helm-imenu-lynx-style-map t)
  (customize-set-variable 'helm-semantic-lynx-style-map t)
  (customize-set-variable 'helm-occur-use-ioccur-style-keys t)
  (helm-mode 1)
  (add-to-list 'helm-completing-read-handlers-alist '(switch-to-buffer . ido))
  :bind (("C-c h" .   helm-mini)
	 ("M-x" .     helm-M-x)
	 ("C-x C-f" . helm-find-files)
	 ("C-x b" .   helm-buffers-list))
  (helm-candidate-number-limit 100)
  (helm-idle-delay             0.0)
  (helm-input-idle-delay       0.01)
  (helm-quick-update           t)
  (helm-M-x-requires-pattern   nil)
  (helm-ff-skip-boring-files   t))

If I'm doing any kind of programming work I'll want magit and projectile installed too. I use the defaults for magit, and my projectile configuration is also pretty slim:

;; -------------------------------------------------
;; -- Projectile - project navigation

(use-package projectile
  :diminish projectile-mode
  (projectile-keymap-prefix     (kbd "C-c p"))
  (projectile-enable-caching    t)
  (projectile-completion-system 'default))

(use-package helm-projectile
  :init (helm-projectile-on))

Finally there are some key bindings that I like:

;; Disable C+z closing because I'm too clumsy.
(global-set-key "\C-z" #'ignore)

;; Use M-` to switch between frames.
(global-set-key "\M-`" #'other-frame)

;; Jump to a line number.
(global-set-key "\C-x\C-l" #'goto-line)