View Poll Results: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

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  • Geany

    11 15.49%
  • Gedit

    31 43.66%
  • vi/vim

    13 18.31%
  • Emacs/XEmacs

    7 9.86%
  • Kate

    4 5.63%
  • Mousepad

    1 1.41%
  • SciTE

    1 1.41%
  • Nano

    3 4.23%
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Thread: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

  1. #1
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    Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

    Let's vote for the best text editor in Ubuntu.

    My vote is for Geany. It's fast, feature packed, and fairly easy to use.
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    Re: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

    Bluefish or gedit ftw.
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    Re: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

    Vim. You should make a poll.

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    Re: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

    I like gEdit, because it has syntax highlighting, though is primarily focused on the writing, because it has a simple interface, and so can be used for most applications.

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    Re: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

    Nano.
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    Re: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

    Mousepad is ultra light, too bad the project seems dead. You should have put Leafpad on it, about as light, but still alive.

    Geany is considerably heavier, but has a ton of extra features.

    gEdit is like the best and worst of both.

    I use Leafpad for small file editing, Geany for code, gEdit when I need to open another instance of Geany and I cannot.

    In CLI mode, I use nano ...

    I answered Geany since it has features others lack, but I do use a lot of editors and I think they all have their place.

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    Re: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

    I personally like this one: https://sourceforge.net/projects/gecrit/
    It is quite new but it is under heavy development.
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    Re: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

    For me:

    Nano from the Terminal.

    Cream when I want the easy way to use vim.

    Leafpad when I want a quick & light weight editor with a GUI.

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    Re: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

    How could you forget... nano?

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    Re: Best Text Editor in Ubuntu

    To the best of my knowledge, all of the major ones (gedit, vim, emacs, kate) offer some form of syntax highlighting. Personally I prefer vim to emacs, because it has a better tutorial. But those are best for people who have reason to want/need to keep their hands on the keyboard.

    Graphically, I'd say it depends. Since they offer most of the same features, I would think you should go with one designed for use with your desktop environ's resources - lighter that way.
    Of course, you really should use the one that does what you need. Me, I'm learning vim since I can use it everywhere (X, CLI, windows...) and the tutorial.

    Meanwhile, this thread looks like a great place to find out about other editors.

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    Are we talking literal Ubuntu (gnome) or Ubuntu-Linux in general? For gnome, I'd say gedit unless you have reason (desire to learn or experience) to use vim/emacs. Otherwise, I'd say vim because I like the tutorial better, although emacs would work just as well I suppose. They're both extensible so it really comes down to learning curve in my opinion.


    All that said, I'm putting vim.


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