Vim and (X)Emacs have distractions galore, ranging from stupid help texts to a running commentary telling me where I am on the current line to Emacs' insistence on taking away two lines of the screen: one to tell me what mode I am in and one to allow me to ping a host somewhere on the Internet.If you find the modeline too much of a distraction, you can turn it off (although it is not easy, because it gets very hard to use Emacs with no modeline visible, as it already doesn't bother with visible menus). Emacs does not reserve any screen space to allow you to ping a host somewhere on the Internet, but if this is a really bad way to describe the minibuffer, you can make that occupy zero lines except when in use, as well (or push it into another frame, then minimize the frame).
But, no, not much effort has gone into making it easy for novice users to turn off the minibuffer and modeline, because with them turned off Emacs is much more confusing than otherwise, and that's something it doesn't really need.
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