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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2006. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends February 18th.


View Poll Results: Text Editor of the Year
vi/vim 640 38.46%
emacs/xemacs 114 6.85%
Kate 277 16.65%
jEdit 24 1.44%
nano 160 9.62%
pico 31 1.86%
gedit 190 11.42%
Nedit 23 1.38%
joe 17 1.02%
Scite 21 1.26%
Midnight Commander Editor 43 2.58%
KWrite 124 7.45%
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Old 01-02-2007, 06:00 PM   #46
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Bah, I'll use emacs only when editing Lisp (for the Slime environment)... but other than that, it's pointlessly bloated. Almost like a Microsoft product but without even managing to look good.

And this isn't from lack of understanding of the power. I've gone through the stage where you use emacs for everything (email, web, file management, and sometimes even editing!!!) but frankly, most of the time I just want an editor that edits.

And, for extensibility, I can just pipe anything from vi through a command line program or script to get what I want. Not only is it easy to do... but later I can use the same script or series of commands on a file without opening an editor if I don't want to; so, the commands I am accustomed to using have universality beyond the inside of an editor.

Then again, when do emacs people ever leave their editor? They only need Linux to provide the device drivers and the filesystem.

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Old 01-02-2007, 10:58 PM   #47
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Cool SciTE

I use scite for coding, mousepad (I'm in Xubuntu) for quick editing or conf files, and vim when in the console.
Old 01-03-2007, 02:16 AM   #48
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Geany which isn't up there, so I'll pass on this poll.
Old 01-03-2007, 03:41 AM   #49
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I use leafpad, but it's not on the list.
Old 01-03-2007, 07:27 AM   #50
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vim will win this race. ;-)
Old 01-03-2007, 07:31 AM   #51
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I love Kate.... absolutely the coolest with integrated konsole and multiple embedded windows and it has an awesome Python mode.....

on the CL I use Vim...
Old 01-03-2007, 08:07 AM   #52
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Kate for convenience, power and integration into KDE. Ah, but this one is a fine piece of software...

Console: pico.

Last edited by JZL240I-U; 01-05-2007 at 01:19 AM. Reason: correction
Old 01-03-2007, 12:11 PM   #53
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Just started using Geany. Very Nice. Mousepad is good for quick edits as is pico. Didn't vote. Hope Geany gets added to the list. Will check back.
Old 01-03-2007, 12:24 PM   #54
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VIM, sure! =D
Old 01-03-2007, 01:01 PM   #55
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vi mostly... <ESC>:wq

sometimes gedit for large scripts.
Old 01-03-2007, 08:30 PM   #56
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vi <ESC> ZZ

Old 01-03-2007, 09:27 PM   #57
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i am sorry, i am forced to vote nothing in this category, i looked many times to find a good editor, i found Geany (no gnome/ked/xfce libs, cool features). I would choose leafpad/mousepad one would be here.
Old 01-03-2007, 09:41 PM   #58
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I use pico for most of my little edits. I don't often need anything more feature filled.
Old 01-04-2007, 12:10 AM   #59
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Old 01-04-2007, 06:33 AM   #60
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frob23 wrote:
Bah, I'll use emacs only when editing Lisp (for the Slime environment)... but other than that, it's pointlessly bloated. Almost like a Microsoft product but without even managing to look good.
What can you possibly mean by saying that Emacs doesn't look good??? Emacs looks absolutely gorgeous!

See the screenshot of Emacs here:


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