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Sure - KDE comes with KEdit and KWrite and such like and Gnome has theirs - I believe one's called Gnotepad. And you don't need either IDE to run them - just the necessary libraries. And there are other more free-standing but Windows-like editors. And stuff that takes off from DOS editors like Joe and e3 which use Wordstar-type keys. Search the net and you'll turn up tons. But I strongly suspect things like VIM really are much better - I'm having a hell of a time figuring them out myself, though.
Oh, yeah - how could I forget - Midnight Commander comes with an internal editor that I believe is based on - or sort of is - CoolEdit, which is a lot like DOS Edit. VFU has an internal editor as well. But those are console file managers and I guess you're looking more for GUI stuff like KEdit.
it dont take too long to get used to emacs or vim i guess. u need about 6 shortcuts to get started...
personallly i use emacs for writing perl, java and c -
for php and html i take kwrite or quanta - worth trying
pico is an absolute doddle to learn. vi can be a cryptic bugger, but pico (or nano) are so so obvious it's unreal. and of course copying and pasting with a mouse is even easier than ctrl+c (ACK!) and ctrl+v
there are a huge amount of fancy editors too, like cooledit, kate or even anjuta, an ide, if you really want to push the boat out. afaik though ultraedit wasn't free on windows.... you did pay for it i hope...