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I recently installed madrake10 and run KDE 3.2 and icewm as my gui. One thing i miss is notepad :a no frills text editor with a simple menu to open ...
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    basic text editor


    I recently installed madrake10 and run KDE 3.2 and icewm as my gui. One thing i miss is notepad :a no frills text editor with a simple menu to open save close files and saves in .txt.

    Now that I am using Linux things hae gotten confusing for me. Kwrite is fine but takes a while to open and has features mostly for programmers (which i am not). And the text encoding is bizarre (ie heard of ascii but utf8 and all that is bizarre to me). I used Vim but that too is for programmers and the interface is not to my liking. Openoffice is fine but I want something more lightweight.

    All this to ask if anyone knows of a gui gpl text editor rpm (no compile) I can download for Mandrake10. An editor that saves in .txt format or .rtf and has a gui interface.



    thanks

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    I really like Leafpad, it's the absolute bare minimum and depends only on GTK2. It looks like they have an RPM, as well, though it's one of the easiest compiles I've seen. It's still referred to as alpha on Freshmeat, but I haven't had any issues.

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    edit: oops, sorry, no .rtf
    Maybe Scite? It's a rather powerful programmer's editor, but the interface is clean.
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    nano is nice.
    As for formats, .txt isn't a format, it's just an extension that windows sticks on because it's too dumb to even try and guess a file's type by ANYTHING other than the extension, even though most types of files start with a header that identifies the type... That's why Linux will label things as being of a particular type no matter what extension it has.

    As for rtf, I think that's windows only, and rtf isn't very useful.
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    Regarding RTF, I know that Abiword can handle it, but I agree, it's not very useful unless someone demands it (a friend has such a prof at university)
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    In X windows I prefer gedit and kate second. From the command line I think vi is the easiest to learn and use.
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    SciTE is the only editor I use now in gui. For console I use nano, used to use vim, but I don't care for the complexness of it anymore, especially when nano is easier to use and can do all I need it to do.

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    if your in kde and want an extreamly basic editor, Kedit is the thing, should be on one of your install CD's.
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    I'm fond of nano and pico (part of Pine).
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    I like joe

    Its light, it comes _allmost_ always with the distro and it's easy to use.

    Ctrl + K + H displays help file top of the sceen, and you can mobify your document while reading it.

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    Hey Scourge,

    I just tried joe for the first time and I like it too! For some reason, I've been having trouble with vi in Slackware. The delete key won't delete sometimes, which is a problem I've not had with vi under SuSE, Mepis or Fedora.

    Joe is a lot like vi. I believe I'll use it for a while, thanks for the tip!
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