View Full Version : Linux and text editor choices

05-02-2008, 05:17 AM
I know this is probably a strange question to ask, especially considering that any text editor is viable, but I'm wondering what is the choice for text editor of most programmers running on a linux machine.

I'm currently using Fedora8, and I'm new to linux/fedora8. I've been using 'gedit', which comes with the install. I've seen people using editors that run out of the terminal window, and they write/edit their code inside the terminal window.

I'm wondering what everyone else is using, and what I should probably be using too (I'm currently trying to learn C). Ok thanks guys.

05-02-2008, 05:58 AM
emacs (or xemacs) have a bit of a learning curve, but can do most of what all other editors can do.


05-02-2008, 06:13 AM
emacs or one of its X derivatives, and vim or one of its X derivatives, are generally the most popular text editors.

Eclipse is also gaining in popularity.

Then there's KDevelop and Anjuta, there's the DE text editors gedit, kwrite and kate, there's a multitude of Scintilla-based editors like SciTE, etc.

My own favourite is jEdit.

05-07-2008, 11:38 AM
...or you could use a good and powerful editor. :) http://www.bostic.com/vi/ or http://www.vim.org I prefer nvi, even lighter and not as fancy as vim. It lacks syntax hilight, though.

05-07-2008, 11:50 AM
This has been answered elsewhere (http://www.codeguru.com/forum/showthread.php?t=452151).

06-02-2008, 04:06 PM
or you can use kdevelop with good user interface

06-02-2008, 05:07 PM
VIM is not a bad text editor that runs in the terminal. Personally I use gedit with a few plugins like an embedded terminal and fullscreen mode; plus a colour picker for for making syntax highlighting scheemes that I made.

06-02-2008, 10:57 PM
VIM user here. Couldn't say its the best but it works for me (needs a bit of getting used to though).

06-05-2008, 09:37 AM
I'm a big fan of KATE. There was no learning curve for me. Just preference though.

06-20-2008, 06:59 AM
My first choice is vi. Else, if I feel like having a gui, I use Anjuta. It's not just an editor, but it works fine and is fast. KDevelop is way to bulky imho.