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I use Vim almost all of the time. I use Gedit and Nano occasionally. I tried emacs when I first started with Linux, I thought it would be the GNU thing to do. I just never got used to it. I wanted to learn both emacs and vi. I ended up just sticking with vim; and using any other editor my current system defaults to (I can change it, but I like to learn the way my distro does things (and learn editors actually)).
I'd like to try learning emacs again, but every time I get adventuresome I try to peel another layer off of vim. I don't think I'll ever reach the core.
Just because you pretty much are required to know how to use vi if you want to support multiple platforms, and I have better things to do with my time than to learn how to use other text editors. vi is everywhere: Solaris, True64, Linux, *BSD, HP-UX, everywhere. So in the interest of efficiency vi is the only reasonable option.
Another one for Vim. But I'd recommend gEdit to anyone with only occasional editing needs or who simply isn't prepared to take the comparatively steep learning curve.
I've tried Emacs before and came to the conclusion that it's actually not an editor, but could better be described as doing for Lisp what Squeak does for Smalltalk. For everyday editing, it's just too slow (Note that I am using a computer less than six years old), too complicated and simply gives me a headache when I try to customize it. Vim gives me all the extensibility I need in such a way that I can actually make use of it.
Well, probably boils down to personal preference again.
confession: i started using vi/vim and unix equivalent 15+ years ago, and find it so easy to stick with what you know. can't really flame any of the others which are all probably excellent apps as well as i've only tried a couple and only once or twice...
For my purposes, Kate. But why is there still no wordcount? I obtained the code for an external tool wordcount from a helpful person on a forum, but surely philosophical disputations as to "what is a word?" should not stand in the way when editors of far less sophistication have wordscounts. Grumble grumble.