best linux text editors


You can choose between several text editors in linux. Each editor has advantages and advantages.

1. Vi/Vim

Vi is powerful and the most popular command line based editor. Common used for writing code and editing configuration files. First of all advantages is availability. Vi is always installed on any distribution. Second advantage is consumption of system resources. One of cons is non-intuitive, but short commands.

Vi has 3 modes: command, input and last line mode. Command mode is the default.

2. Nano

Nano is WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor and is installed by default in ubuntu and many other Linux distributions. Action/commands are done in a CTRL and Key manner, for example CTRL + X save a file. Features: autoconf support, case sensitive search function, autoindent ability, regular expression search and replace.

3. Gedit

Gedit is the default text editor for the GNOME desktop environment. Gedit's aim is at simplicity and easy to use for beginner linux user. Useful features are syntax highlighting, clipboard support, brackets matching, search and replace with support of regular expressions

4. GNU Emacs

Emacs is extensible self-documenting editor. It provides interpreter for Emacs Lips. Main function: text editing including a project planner, mail and news reader, debugger interface, calendar.

5.Leaf Pad

GTK+ based editor which is popular among new Linux users, because it is easy to use. It supports codeset option, auto codeset detection and Drag & Drop function. It does not provide syntax coloring

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