What is the easiest and most accessible editor?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
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.
> ~Kyle
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