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    Need simple text editor for both Windows and Linux; suggestions?

    I am trying once more to convert my computer OS to Linux (Debian 8).
    I will likely be dual booting for a while till I decide how to proceed.

    And, one of a few issues I am having is that I have NOT yet found a simple text editor that works in both OSes.

    I am currently using "pluma" and notepad++ as my simple editors.
    I also use UltraEdit on Windows; but, it is NOT a simple editor.

    Any suggestions?

    Tim S.
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    I recommend Geany.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laserlight View Post
    I recommend Geany.
    Trying to download it now on Linux.
    I did NOT know/remember there was a windows version before you posted.

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    I would throw in gVim as well if it weren't for your "simple" criteria. Learning curve is steep but highly productive once mastered and available on both Windows and Linux as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesmithx View Post
    I would throw in gVim as well if it weren't for your "simple" criteria. Learning curve is steep but highly productive once mastered and available on both Windows and Linux as well.
    Yeah, I am NOT going there.
    Geany looks a little to complex for what I want; but, it seemed easy enough to remove the display of things I have no need to be shown.
    So next few days will be trying to use Geany on Windows and Linux to see if it works well.

    Tim S.
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    You picked a good time to try "Geany" due to a few important bugs being fixed in core and some modules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stahta01 View Post
    I am trying once more to convert my computer OS to Linux (Debian 8).
    I will likely be dual booting for a while till I decide how to proceed.
    Let me suggest a VM instead. It's more practical. You can finish your study without the hassles of having to switch back and forth between reboots, with the added advantage if you mess up somewhere you can always rollback the Linux VM to a previous image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F. View Post
    Let me suggest a VM instead. It's more practical. You can finish your study without the hassles of having to switch back and forth between reboots, with the added advantage if you mess up somewhere you can always rollback the Linux VM to a previous image.
    If I had a newer computer that might be a good solution; but, its a very old PC with little hard drive space that is free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stahta01 View Post
    If I had a newer computer that might be a good solution; but, its a very old PC with little hard drive space that is free.
    Do you mean memory instead?

    Your hard disk space will have to be used up anyways, to keep the dual booted system. VM managers include the option to compact the guest operating system (not to be confused with compress) so you can manage a guest OS with the same hard drive requirements of a dual boot. The only thing your small hard drive will limit is the ability to make snapshots of the guest system, but you can't do that on a dual boot system anyways.

    Memory however may be a concern. But it really needs to be a very old computer. A Linux guest OS can run happily on 500 MB of allocated memory and remain a viable platform for Linux learning. If your main host computer has 2 or 4 GB of RAM and you are running an operating system starting with Windows Vista, you can guarantee from 500 MB up to 2.5 GB of allocated RAM for your Linux guest. An usual configuration on a system with 4GB running Windows Vista and up is to allocate 1.5 GB for Linux. That is more than enough for even the heavy duty Linux distributions.
    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Its windows 7 32 bit OS; on an earlier AMD 64 bit CPU with 2 GB of ram; I have about 6 GB of free hard drive space.
    Not really worth trying to run a virtual Linux 64 bit under windows 7 32 bit OS.

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    A "simple text editor" is just a simple text editor. Is there really a need to get one and the same for both OSs? It's not like a simple text editor had any special features so you'd run into any problems taking different editors for different OSs. I could understand that need regarding an IDE, which indeed may have a lot of unique features that other IDEs don't have and that you're used to. But a simple text editor?

    In a Windows environment I'd always go for Notepad+, in Linux I prefer Kate (for KDE) and/or gedit (for GNOME and Xfce).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis.cpp View Post
    A "simple text editor" is just a simple text editor. Is there really a need to get one and the same for both OSs? It's not like a simple text editor had any special features so you'd run into any problems taking different editors for different OSs. I could understand that need regarding an IDE, which indeed may have a lot of unique features that other IDEs don't have and that you're used to. But a simple text editor?

    In a Windows environment I'd always go for Notepad+, in Linux I prefer Kate (for KDE) and/or gedit (for GNOME and Xfce).
    I wish to reduce the need for remembering differences in how they work; but, so far the main thing I dislike is variation in double click of word in order to copy it.
    So, your advice might apply if that feature is the same for both.

    Code:
    TEST_DUMMY
    I like the editor that select the whole of "TEST_DUMMY" instead of just "TEST" or "DUMMY". I am thinking of trying scite on both OSes to see how well that works for me. Never really used scite but the descriptions imply it is simple like I want.

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    Try this, It might help.

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    I usually use Notepad++, you can also try Vim

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    It's a bit heavy-weight, but I really like Qt Creator. It's not just an editor, but a whole IDE, and you can get it for all of the major platforms.

    And I'm not just being hypothetical. I use Qt Creator for "real work" on Windows and Linux and it's great.
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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