A list of text applications that can be found in Linux Ubuntu – Part 2

In part 1 of this series of 3 posts I wrote about what text editing applications I can install on my computer using the options available under Linux Ubuntu 9.04.

I listed the text editing software available that can be found when clicking on

“Applications” -> “Add/remove” -> “Office”

Click here if you want to visit that post.


In this post I look at the software found under “Applications” -> “Add/remove” -> “Accessories”.

Concentrating on the text-editing software I found 1 journal or diary and 11 different text editors and some other versions of them.


In part 3 of the 3 posts about Ubuntu software I will look at programs that can be found under “Applications” -> “Add/remove” -> “Internet”.


I again copy/pasted the text that is given for each program and took a screenshot of the programs as they appeared on my screen.


Journal -Diary:

Almanah Diary

Almanah is a small application to ease management of a personal diary. It has basic editing and linking abilities like:

* adding links to other content to diary entries

* database encryption

* search and printing support

Homepage: http://tecnocode.co.uk/projects/almanah/

Text Editors:

GNU Emacs 21 (X11)

GNU Emacs is the extensible self-documenting text editor.

An almost mysterious program as it isn’t so easy to understand right away.

But this page helps to understand it: http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/tour/

In short the Emacs programs are exstensible and customizable editors that can be used for more than just text editing. There are for example also designed to handle many programmer- languages.

They are available for many operating systems, including Linux, Windows and Mac.

After installing the Emacs programs the following 2 items can also be found under accessories:

Emacs 22 (clients)

Emacs Snapshot (GTK)

GNU Emacs 22 (GTK)

GNU Emacs is the extensible self-documenting text editor. This package contains a version of Emacs compiled with support for GTK+ 2.x

Seems to be like the Emacs21 in a different layout.

GNU Emacs 22 (X11)

If you have GTK+ 2.x installed on your system, you will probably have a better experience with the emacs22-gtk package, instead of this one.

GNU TeXmacs

GNU TeXmacs is a free scientific text editor, which was both inspired by TeX and GNU Emacs.

The editor allows you to write structured documents via a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) and a user friendly interface. New styles may be created by the user. The program implements high-quality typesetting algorithms and TeX fonts, which help you to produce professionally looking documents. The high typesetting quality still goes through for automatically generated formulas, which makes TeXmacs suitable as an interface for computer algebra systems. TeXmacs also supports the Guile/Scheme extension language, so that you may customize the interface and write your own extensions to the editor. This package contains the architecture dependent files.

Homepage: http://www.texmacs.org


Vim is an almost compatible version of the UNIX editor Vi.

Many new features have been added: multi level undo, syntax highlighting, command line history, on-line help, filename completion, block operations, folding, Unicode support, etc. This package contains a version of vim compiled with a GNOME2 GUI and support for scripting with Perl, Python, Ruby, and Tcl.

Homepage: http://www.vim.org/


Kate is a powerful text editor that can open multiple files simultaneously.

With a built-in terminal, syntax highlighting, and tabbed sidebar, it performs as a lightweight but capable development environment. Kate’s many tools, plugins, and scripts make it highly customizable. Kate’s features include:

* Multiple saved sessions, each with numerous files

* Scriptable syntax highlighting, indentation, and code-folding

* Configurable templates and text snippets

* Symbol viewers for C, C++, and Python

* XML completion and validation This package is part of the KDE 4 Software Development Kit module.

Homepage: http://www.kde.org

In the program itself there is a reference to this site: http://www.kate-editor.org.

Note that this program is not mentioned in the right alphabetical order in the list of applications. It is a little longer down the list.


KWrite is the KDE 4 simple text editor. It uses the Kate editor component, so it supports powerful features such as flexible syntax highlighting, automatic indentation, and numerous other text tools.

This package is part of the KDE 4 base applications module.

Homepage: http://www.kde.org/

Also here there is a reference to this site: http://www.kate-editor.org.


Leafpad is a simple GTK+ based text editor, the user interface is similar to Notepad. It aims to be lighter than GEdit & KWrite, and to be as useful as them

Homepage: http://tarot.freeshell.org/leafpad/

Indeed a light and quick simple text editor.



* Configurable syntax highlighting.

* Configurable keyboard accelerators.

* Multiplatform – works both on unix and windows.

* Plugins: can be written in C or Python.

* Configurable tools available from the main and context menus. They can be

written in Python, or it can be a shell script, or in MooScript – simple

builtin scripting lanugage.

* Regular expression search/replace, grep and find frontends, builtin file

selector and whatnot.

Homepage: http://mooedit.sourceforge.net/

The build in Terminal feature looks interesting for Linux users.


Mousepad is a graphical text editor for Xfce based on Leafpad.

The initial reason for Mousepad was to provide printing support, which would have been difficult for Leafpad for various reasons. Although some features are under development, currently Mousepad has the following features:

* Complete support for UTF-8 text

* Cut/Copy/Paste and Select All text

* Search and Replace

* Font selection

* Word Wrap

* Character coding selection

* Auto character coding detection (UTF-8 and some code-sets)

* Manual code-set setting

* Infinite Undo/Redo by word

* Auto Indent

* Multi-line Indent

* Display line numbers

* Drag and Drop

* Printing

As mention in this text, this is a program identical to Leafpad. But Mousepad is said have added printing support to the program, where as my version of Leafpad of today actually has printing support and even print preview. When I click on “Print” in Mousepad I get a error “Can’t open pipe to process”.


Scribes focuses on streamlining your workflow. It does so by ensuring that common and repetitive operations are intelligently automated and also by eliminating factors that prevent you from focusing on your tasks.

The result is a text editor that provides a fluid user experience, that is easy and fun to use and that ensures the safety of your documents at all times.

Homepage: http://scribes.sourceforge.net/

Made to function under the Linux Gnome Desktop.

A well documented program with an interesting homepage. Some features can be found in the right click pop-up window (see screenshot).

Tea Text Editor

TEA provides you hundreds of functions. Want some tea?

TEA features are:

* Built-in file manager Kwas

* Spell checker (using the aspell)

* Tabbed layout engine

* Multiply encodings support

* Code snippets, sessions and templates support

* RTF-reader

* SRT-subtitles preview with Mplayer in a current subtitles position

* Text analyzer called UNITAZ

* Hot keys customizations

* “Open at cursor”-function for HTML-files and images

* Misc HTML tools

* Bracket matching

* Preview in external browsers

* String-handling functions such as sorting, reverse, format killing,

trimming, filtering, conversions etc.

* Bookmarks

* Drag’n’drop support (with text files and pictures)

* Built-in image viewer (PNG, JPEG, GIF, WBMP, BMP)

Homepage: http://tea-editor.sourceforge.net/

Unfortunately the “fine english manual” and the “read the fine English manual” as it is called in the help section opened first in Konquerer and when I click a link to a chapter it opened the code in Screemr.

But it indeed has many options, so I am sure this can be changed.

Here is a link to a community homepage: http://community.livejournal.com/tea4linux/


TextEdit is a relatively basic text editor. It handles plain text, RTF, and RTFD has a nice “Wrap to Page” mode, has search/replace functionality, and can display any file as text

Homepage: http://www.nongnu.org/backbone/apps.html

With a layout existing of different windows. Part of the Backbone system.

Text Editor

gedit is a text editor which supports most standard editor features, extending this basic functionality with other features not usually found in simple text editors. gedit is a graphical application which supports editing multiple text files in one window (known sometimes as tabs or MDI).

gedit fully supports international text through its use of the Unicode UTF-8 encoding in edited files. Its core feature set includes syntax highlighting of source code, auto indentation and printing and print preview support. gedit is also extensible through its plugin system, which currently includes support for spell checking, comparing files, viewing CVS ChangeLogs, and adjusting indentation levels.

Homepage: http://www.gnome.org/projects/gedit/

This is the standard build in text editor of Ubuntu at the moment. Known as gedit.

Zim Desktop Wiki

Zim is a WYSIWYG text editor. It aims at bringing the concept of a wiki to your desktop. For example every page is saved as a text file with wiki markup. Pages can contain links to other pages, and are saved automatically. Creating a new page is as easy as linking to a non-existing page. Pages are ordered in a hierarchical structure that gives it the look and feel of an outliner.

This tool can be used to keep track of TODO lists or ideas, to take notes during a meeting or to draft any other kind of text (blog entries, important mails, etc.).

Homepage: http://zim-wiki.org

An interesting wiki-like concept. Create new pages by creating a link in the “home” document. In this way pages (in a “notebook”) are always interlinked. The TODO list view and the calender gives it extra possibilities.


Link to part 1 of these three posts – software found under “Office”

Link to part 3 of these three posts – software found under “internet”


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