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GNU Emacs, FTW. Second choice would be JOE. Both are very nice editors, but I think I prefer Emacs' powerful ability to be extended and modified over JOE's small size. I use GNU Emacs for most text editing, and JOE for some quicker tasks. For some things which are done fastest with a quick Notepad clone, gedit works well enough for me.
Emacs 22 is now UNICODE compatible! That makes it my favorite
I have always been using Emacs for LaTeX or C or bash or perl or php, but also Word or OpenOffice for standard texts. But what is very important today with Emacs is that Emacs 22 is able to use Unicode satisfactorily.
Today you can mix Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian, with Western languages in the same buffer without problem.
It was not the case with version 21, only Russian and Arabic were OK.
You have to adopt utf-8 as your standard default environment and it will be up to the end of your life!
It has some counterparts and some habits have to be changed (I even don't remember which ones) and pasting Unicode text from a Gnome-Terminal (even in UTF-8) into an Emacs buffer will not always work.
But it is on the way. It was an incredible work to rewrite Emacs in order to be compatible with utf-8. Some work has still to be done and that the reason why we must support Emacs-UNICODE which must win this year.
I use jEdit all the time, it is hands down the best Open Source editor in the GUI world. But I voted for Nano, just because I make a few servers and without it's existence I would still be irritated my vim daily ;-)