What is the easiest and most accessible editor?
Linux for blind general discussion
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Mon Nov 29 21:48:04 UTC 2021
See I usually throw a terminal/console text editor in on any CLI only
systems/installs for that reason, or for working in a TTY when I want to
edit stuff or am on an SSH connection. It's always nice to have a
simple, easy to use editor in my pocket so if my desktop falls over or I
need to SSH into a machine I can just do nano filename and get right to
work without having to fight an editor that thinks it knows what I want.
No. I just want to get in, edit text, save, and get things donen.
On 11/29/21 21:31, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Unless you are running a text-only installation, installing from
> scratch, editing configs before you have a desktop environment
> installed or working remotely, your best bet is going to be whatever
> editor comes with your desktop environment. Usually that will be
> either pluma on the MATE desktop, gedit on the GNOME desktop, or you
> may have leafpad or mousepad installed. Any of these give you very
> easy cut/copy/paste functionality, easy to use find/replace pop-up
> windows and a fully accessible menu system for doing other things. All
> these editors are fully accessible to Orca and are found in your
> accessories menu or its equivalent depending on your desktop.
> If you are looking for a terminal-based text editor, usually for
> installing a system manually or working remotely via ssh, the best and
> easiest to use by far is nano, although I usually like to use pluma
> even over ssh, since sshfs mounts my servers as if they are on the
> local disk, so I get access to every file on my servers just as if
> they are right on the computer I'm using to access them. I have edited
> server configs and even websites in this way.
> Forget EMACS. I gave up on that crap after 5 minutes of mucking about
> in it, and emacspeak didn't make it any better. A text editor should
> make it as easy as possible to edit text, and that is all. It
> shouldn't require a computer science degree, nor should it try to be a
> complete desktop that tries to turn every application into an editor.
> The editors I mention here are mostly straight-forward, with the
> possible exception of nano, which is mostly consistent with pico, but
> not so consistent with any other desktop editor, and they all do what
> they should and nothing extra or overly complicated. If you want
> complicated text handling and word processing, LibreOffice Writer is
> the way to go, as it's a sophisticated word processor, not a text editor.
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