"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."