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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.
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Vim, gedit, bash because they are default? Really?
Originally Posted by taylor_venable
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.