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Linuxables: Get Your Edit On With Gedit

Jul 20, 2010, 18:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"We continue our Linuxables series on the Linux text editor. As you might have noticed, this is one of those topics that breed much contempt. If you talk about vi, you must give equal time to emacs. If you talk about Kate, you best talk about Gedit. And that is precisely where we are - Gedit (although we have yet to talk about Kate, that comes next week).

"So far what we've discussed in this series is text-based text editors. These text-based editors are hold-overs from the days of UNIX when many machines were GUI-less but still had to have the ability to edit configuration files. Well, fewer and fewer machines are GUI-less now, but they still need to have configuration files edited. Although the text-based editors are still very popular (I use Nano myself), many users are hesitant to have to learn the various keyboard combinations in order to simple tasks such as saving a file, searching a file, and copying or pasting text. So, what do they do? Open up their configuration files in OpenOffice? That is certainly not advisable. For those users who want to edit text using a GUI tool and the GNOME desktop, there is a great solution in Gedit."

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