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Yeah, I know, like the very first post says, this one is always fun ...
But I'm serious. Emacs. Honest. Ok, maybe not for 2005 because it's only in the CVS so far, but there's a change a-brewing in that code that's poised to change the Emacs game forever:
I know, you've heard that before and yes, the old gtk-emacs was about as exciting as the many Gtk-mozilla-isms, but let me tell you, I tuned in to the CVS and started playing with the New And Improved Gtk-support in the core FSF GNU-Emacs, and it's fab gear.
Really. No, stop laughing, I'm serious. Really. It really is. No kidding. Get up off the floor, you look silly giggling like that. Really honest and truly, Gtk-Emacs is the first real advance in the state of the integrated information processing desktop in 22 years.
Goddammit, stop laughing!
Thank you. Anyway, for those of us who like this sort of thing, mark my words, this is exactly the sort of thing we like. Gtk-enabled Emacs coupled with XFCE-4 have changed my life, saved my marriage, cleared up my psoriasis and cured my hay-fever.
I never really like vi for much more than editing a couple lines of a config file. I use pico in CMI and Kedit in GUI.
I have a colleagues who totally agrees with you, only we're having more and more trouble finding binary Pico packages; it's been tucked in with PINE and it seems distros like Redhat are dropping PINE from their bundles.
It's a shame, really. Damn fine little editor, easy on the eyes, easy to get non-technical people up to speed, and a breeze for anyone old enough to remember WordStar ...
Vim for CLI.
But where's Beaver? Its ultra light weight. i like that feature of tabs in that editor. Also it highlights my C codes (and a few other langs). And finally i can install it on my LFS system... unlike Gedit which requires the GNOME libs and many more stuff relating to GNOME.