Description of problem:
The ability to select emacs text editing shortcuts has been
unfortunately removed from the Keyboard Shortcuts preferences.
Bug #137410 claims that it is still settable using gconfd-editor.
This is not the case.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Open gconf-editor and look the the preference, not there.
Find and set emacs shortcuts
Set /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme to "Emacs"
This should be in the documentation. Probably in section 10.17 in place
of the bit that says:
Text editing shortcuts Select one of the following settings:
GNOME Default: Use this setting for standard shortcut keys.
Emacs: Use this setting for Emacs shortcut keys.