Oh, I see. So if a Mac user gives me a perfectly normal text file that can be opened by any text editor apart from gedit, than gedit is just not the right tool. Are you being serious?
I'm not sure you are a Mint developer. I was addressing them, actually, and I'm saying this again, because I want Mint to be a good OS:If you want "normal people" (not geeks) to use your system, then you should listen to what normal users have to say about it.
What do you think?
I know people can be funny about their pet editors and other programs. They insists on vi being comfortable and things like that.
However, that is not
how normal users work. I have 6 hours per day for my job, after that I go to my family and cook, clean the house, talk to kids and control their homework. I do not go home and start looking for a right editor for opening a text file just because the default editor in my system could not do it.
So I expect form a default editor in my system to behave nice to me and to open all files that can be opened by other editors.
I changed from Mac to Linux because I like the idea of open source software, and because I found the hype about Apple quite unsupportable. And I chose Mint because it made to me an impression that it tries to support normal users. However, it seems to be not quite right. Most programs come without a help function, and if something does not behave as expected, then it's not bug, it's a feature. Great .
And accidentally, as I transferred my data from a Mac, I have many other text files that gedit cannot open, I just tried a couple. And many of my colleagues use a Mac. So I really think the gedit developers got something wrong -- and not I. I'm not the only one in the world with this issue, and I had no intention to use, say, xemacs, which requires quite a lot of time to get used to. As a normal user, I just do not have this time. And yesterday, instead of working on the document that I was trying to open with gedit, I spent my working time looking for a fix (there is no), and finally looking for another editor. This is not a way for a moderately comfortable operating system to behave. A default text editor should be able to open all text files.
To Vincent: thank you for the link to the alternatives. Still, I hope you now understand what I mean.