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View Poll Results: Text Editor of the Year
Emacs 63 8.75%
Geany 65 9.03%
gedit 87 12.08%
jEdit 3 0.42%
joe 4 0.56%
Kate 61 8.47%
KWrite 20 2.78%
leafpad 28 3.89%
medit 5 0.69%
Midnight Commander Editor 13 1.81%
Mousepad 4 0.56%
nano 55 7.64%
Nedit 3 0.42%
pico 5 0.69%
RedCar 0 0%
Scite 7 0.97%
Scribes 1 0.14%
vi 49 6.81%
vim 247 34.31%
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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Text Editor of the Year

Always an interesting poll.

Old 12-17-2012, 07:34 PM   #2
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I use and like Nano it's simple and gets the job done.

Sometimes I'll use vi-
Old 12-17-2012, 09:46 PM   #3
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vim first and vi second, gogo
Old 12-17-2012, 10:18 PM   #4
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Leafpad works for me.
Old 12-18-2012, 01:32 AM   #5
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vim of course, no girls' editors on my servers, where are ed and ex ;-)
(I am joking)

[no I'm not]

I used to be schizophrenic but I'm ok noooooow

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Old 12-18-2012, 01:40 AM   #6
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Good old VI. She once saved me from death when i didnt have a gui.
Old 12-18-2012, 01:44 AM   #7
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:09 AM   #8
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I voted Emacs but it's the first year that I had problems deciding. This year I've been using vim more and more.
Old 12-18-2012, 02:10 AM   #9
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Emacs does all of my heavy lifing
Old 12-18-2012, 03:51 AM   #10
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I manage with KWrite in X, and nano in console/CLI. Every year I keep telling myself I should learn how to use vi/vim/elvis, but it never happens.

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:03 AM   #11
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I would love to see Leo Editor. But i am to late.
Old 12-18-2012, 04:07 AM   #12
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:33 AM   #13
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vi is available on any system and simple tasks don't need any deeper knowledge :-)
Old 12-18-2012, 04:44 AM   #14
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Emacs always!
Old 12-18-2012, 04:47 AM   #15
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For me, it's Vim, followed by Vi and Nano. Despite the fact that it's 2012, the CLI isn't going anywhere!


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