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View Poll Results: Text Editor of the Year
vim 255 35.97%
vi 54 7.62%
Emacs 63 8.89%
Kate 64 9.03%
gedit 119 16.78%
nano 55 7.76%
jEdit 6 0.85%
leafpad 9 1.27%
pico 8 1.13%
Nedit 4 0.56%
joe 3 0.42%
Scite 6 0.85%
Midnight Commander Editor 10 1.41%
KWrite 24 3.39%
Mousepad 11 1.55%
Scribes 3 0.42%
medit 1 0.14%
RedCar 0 0%
Geany 14 1.97%
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:10 AM   #31
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Vim for editing config files Sweet, snappy and versatile. Leafpad to remove formatting from text copied from web pages. Light and simple. Scite for writing scripts. Lightweight and does all I need. I use vim the most so it gets the vote.
Old 01-17-2011, 05:45 AM   #32
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i only use vim because ...
...have you ever tried to enter ctrl-alt-P
when only resticted to your left hand because
of a stroke ?
Old 01-17-2011, 06:46 AM   #33
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Emacs was the first editor I used in a distro.
Old 01-17-2011, 08:13 AM   #34
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Never found anything that beat gedit. I use geany from time to time as well.
Gotta give an amen on this! I also use mc editor a lot (when already in a terminal).
Old 01-17-2011, 08:23 AM   #35
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good editor

Add poll geany editor from
Is very good editor .
You can use regular expressions in the Find and Replace dialogs
Old 01-17-2011, 09:51 AM   #36
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Put geany on the list!
Old 01-17-2011, 10:53 AM   #37
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As mentioned here:

Geany is in the IDE category.
Old 01-17-2011, 12:01 PM   #38
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I wanted to vote for geany here, since that is how I use it. Didn't vote for it as an IDE because I use something else as an IDE. Oh well.
Old 01-17-2011, 12:12 PM   #39
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I have been a die-hard joe user for about 10 years (because my first CLI editor on the PC was Turbo Pascal 3.0). But everytime I had to login to a new machine or a machine not owned by me I had the problem joe was not installed.

But, many, hundreds, zillions of people use vi/vim, why not me? So one day I downloaded a vi cheat sheet, edited my first text file with vi, and never started joe again.

Even if you are 52 years of age you can learn to use vi and even enjoy it. My vote goes to vim.

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vi/vim - Its installed everywhere. Not the easiest to use, but has all the features I need.
Old 01-17-2011, 12:59 PM   #41
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I do not understand why there are any entries other than emacs in this category!!!11!!
Old 01-17-2011, 01:00 PM   #42
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:05 PM   #43
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I do not understand why there are any entries other than emacs in this category!!!11!!
Created for us by the blessed St IGNUcius.
Old 01-17-2011, 01:35 PM   #44
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for command line it's VIM - however Sublime Text is now available for linux, so for GUI txt editors cab you include that. It's awesome.
Old 01-17-2011, 03:22 PM   #45
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Gedit, if only for it's (mostly) great plugin system. Although I do use nano and Mousepad for simple stuff, am learning vim (I can actually type text now!), and Geany and Kate are good too. I guess it just boils down to what you need. But for coding, whether it be CSS, python, or what have you, Gedit is what I use the most. I probably only use Firefox more, although they are both are always open I just wish it had code folding...

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