@astralakash ZZ is easier. ;p
With the help of HOST I run the same config files on my Mac, Windows computer and server.
Also, I'm going to give a shout out for cask and pallet. I use them to handle emacs package deployment. It makes setting up emacs just the way I like it on a new machine a breeze.
> what's the difference from running "regular" emacs?
The difference is noticeable based on your file opening flow.
I don't always C-x C-f from the emacs(client) session. Many times, I'm in the terminal, and I want to open a file from there. Using emacsclient, I can open that file in the already open emacsclient session (minus the load time, etc.)
That cannot be done in emacs sessions.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko