Originally posted by Mr. Eek
I've always been attracted to editors which are small, fast, light on resources, and still fairly attractive (design and features).
Then you might want to focus on Vi or Vim (whichever your distro has), because as I understand it, Emacs is a lot heavier when you compare the two.
I've never really used Emacs tho, just read a bit about it (have books on both Emacs and Vi) and ended up playing more with Vi...
Personally I find the concept of Vi pretty cool...its fast, has lots of features and its made so that when you learn to use it, your fingers stay on the keyboard...it just feels more efficient to use.