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View Poll Results: Text Editor of the Year
vi/vim 402 39.88%
Emacs/XEmacs 80 7.94%
Kate 117 11.61%
jEdit 16 1.59%
nano 96 9.52%
pico 12 1.19%
gedit 155 15.38%
Nedit 10 0.99%
joe 9 0.89%
Scite 16 1.59%
Midnight Commander Editor 15 1.49%
KWrite 49 4.86%
Mousepad 19 1.88%
Scribes 4 0.40%
medit 8 0.79%
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:53 AM   #76
theYinYeti
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I wanted to vote for Geany but it wasn't an option, so I chose nedit instead: the closest I could find in behaviour if not in appearance.

Yves.
 
Old 02-08-2009, 08:41 PM   #77
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I strictly use vi, then Bells/whistles Vim, desktop is gvim.
 
Old 02-10-2009, 02:10 AM   #78
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Theres nothing like vi/vim.
 
Old 02-11-2009, 10:24 AM   #79
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Gedit... ahead by miles. Don't trust emacs or even Xemacs for source code editing. It punches in unwanted weird characters sometimes.
 
Old 02-11-2009, 11:03 PM   #80
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I love you, Kate!

nano/pico comes in 1st as a console editor. Last time I used vi or emacs it took 3 weeks to get my fingers untangled.
 
Old 02-11-2009, 11:04 PM   #81
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I love you, Kate!

nano/pico comes in 1st as a console editor. Last time I used vi or emacs it took 3 weeks to get my fingers untangled.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 01:14 PM   #82
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gedit, kate and nano got more votes than emacs? Wow, emacs is dying. *kisses vim*

Last edited by Maligree; 02-12-2009 at 01:15 PM. Reason: typo.
 
Old 02-22-2009, 09:23 AM   #83
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Can we add EditPlus to the list please???


debian

Last edited by priyaunni; 02-23-2009 at 03:50 AM.
 
Old 02-26-2009, 05:16 AM   #84
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Been checking out gedit a bit more since i upgraded desktop to gnome-2.24 and must say that even though i voted for emacs gedit is a pretty impressive little gui mode editor
 
Old 04-05-2009, 03:05 AM   #85
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Just out of curiosity what makes vi so much better than mc, or is it just the fact that you have to install it by your self in most modern distros.

Last edited by Nikosis; 04-06-2009 at 01:48 AM.
 
Old 04-05-2009, 05:26 AM   #86
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Is MC a file manager?
 
Old 04-05-2009, 09:33 AM   #87
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Is MC a file manager?
Yes, with a built in editor: mcedit.
 
Old 04-06-2009, 01:54 AM   #88
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Quote:
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Is MC a file manager?
That's what I thought. I wonder what percentage of user vote for vi just because.
Vi is a great tool, but in this case, so overrated.
 
Old 04-06-2009, 06:07 AM   #89
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I wonder what percentage of people vote for gedit because they just never bother to install or learn anything else. The same can be said for the shell category where bash wins by 80% or more. But it's not a scientific poll, in some cases it ends up being more like Debian's popcon than truly elucidating.

Anyway, I'd like to move that next year vi and Vim be split up. There is a million miles of difference between nvi (the most widespread faithful implementation of vi) and Vim. Most people who use Vim for programming use the advanced features which aren't in vi. It would be interesting to see if there are some people who prefer the simplicity and lack of these features but still like the movement / count interface, key commands, using simple ex commands, &c. Vim users who like ':set cp' can pick vi and those who ':set nocp' can pick Vim.

Last edited by taylor_venable; 04-06-2009 at 06:11 AM.
 
Old 04-06-2009, 12:41 PM   #90
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Vim, gedit, bash because they are default? Really?

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Originally Posted by taylor_venable View Post
I wonder what percentage of people vote for gedit because they just never bother to install or learn anything else. The same can be said for the shell category where bash wins by 80% or more.
There's truth to it, but don't be hasty to call it off just like that. There is a lot of experienced users who opt for those things with reason.

For example, you might think of gedit as the puny editor comes by default, or the notepad of Linux. But the truth is it's not. The gedit editor is a powerful editor of it's own accord. It has a powerful plugin system which makes it a good choice as a programmers editor. Plugins like LaTeX plugin extends it into a tuned environment for specific tasks. Plugins like class browser, snap open, bottom terminal, various python consoles, etc. makes it very good for programmers. If you may you could think of gedit (or perhaps make it) as a possible alternative for TextMate (for Macs).

Same goes for bash (shell). I've chosen Bash after all these years of trying ksh, tcsh and a few more. I didn't choose it because it's the default in most Linux distros. I chose is because I like it. Whenever I get to work in a FreeBSD or a Solaris system, the first thing I do is to get bash installed.

@Nikosis: I have no doubt that the editor in mc must be great. But since you call Vim overrated, I can safely guess that you haven't used Vim seriously. Let's not make this yet another editor flame war. I'm just saying you need to go beyond the initial learning curve to see why it's still much used after all these decades. May I suggest you to have a look at "Why, oh WHY, do those #?@! nutheads use vi?"

I've been using Vim as a SysAdmin for about seven years and thought what's the big deal? But I spent a little time a few months ago to learn some Vim stuff and I don't know what to say. I feel like I never knew how to use an editor all these years. I am a believer.

Please don't troll, I'm just adding my 2 cents. Whatever editor (or tool) you think works for you is the best for you, really.
 
  


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