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vi alternatives?

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:26 pm
by arimakidd
On windows I use Notepad++ alot to edit files. What's the equivalent on Linux? I want to avoid this 'VI' it's really a humbug.

Re: vi alternatives?

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:38 pm
by Joe2Shoe
I used Notepad++ in Windows, also. It's a shame it's not ported to Linux yet.
I use Kate in Linux to edit html and text files. I also use Bluefish to edit html files.

Re: vi alternatives?

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:54 pm
by sphyrth
NotepadQQ - I won't recommend using it yet as it's still very young. But I would recommend watching its development.

Here's a FAQ about it: Is this project affiliated with Notepad++?

No. This project is independent from Notepad++ and doesn’t use any of its code. Notepadqq is inspired by Notepad++: this means that we try to reproduce its best traits, while not being afraid to make different choices on what we think can be improved.

Re: vi alternatives?

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:12 pm
by jglen490
What do you need to do?

Kate is actually a pretty good general purpose editor. Leafpad is good for simple text editing. Nano is good on the command line.

There are a whole stack of text writers/editors, it just depends on what your use case is.

Re: vi alternatives?

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:29 pm
by FreedomTruth
jglen490 wrote:There are a whole stack of text writers/editors, it just depends on what your use case is.
Exactly. vi(m) has its uses, but so do many other text editors. If you want something basic and gui, use what came with mint ("xed" in 18.x). If you want something more code-oriented, there are other ide options (I use geany for this). Mainly I use vim for its exceptional handling of (extended) regular expressions, which I haven't been able to find in a gui notepad yet.
Honestly as a user I haven't noticed a huge difference between xed, gedit, pluma, mousepad ... but those are all closer to "notepad" than to "notepad++"

Re: vi alternatives?

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:39 am
by ugly
On Windows I used Notepad++. I found Kate to be the best option for me.