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People of openSUSE: Jan Engelhardt

Apr 24, 2009, 04:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"What is the application you can't live without? And why?

"Coreutils, not specifically GNU, but the toolset Unices provide. Why, because it is damn useful in getting the most basic tasks you would not normally think about done. You only realize how important it is once you are on Windows and do not have one of the MSYS/Cygwin environments available.

"Which application or feature should be invented as soon as possible? An Office Suite that does not require tons of memory or disk space. There is a commercial offering that does satisfy this requirement (ad: SoftMaker), but in light of the question the Honorable Community asked me here I should perhaps add the adjectives “free/open” for my above answer.

"Which is your preferred text editor? And why? I dual-use joe and mcedit. I seem to remember that joe 2.x (shipped with SUSE Linux <= 9) did not have coloring support, which made mcedit my primary choice to work with, also because it was integrated with mc. I was a big time user of nc on DOS before entering the Linux world. However, mcedit lacks split-screen editing and filtering, and UTF-8 is still a patch/development branch as of mc 4.6.2, your question really makes me consider porting my mcedit code to joe. But investing time is a hurdle ;-)"

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