This thread did not have a poll..
I love how this thread has entirely lost its track.
wrote I thought, I could start a new thread with this topic - with a poll.
Because Cthulhux is right insofar, because the topic is really a vast field (page 16!)
And if you want to discuss textdeditors, review them, not only to list their names, the field is way to vast to keep it within "which texteditors are available, and who likes who" - especially if one doesn't want to fuel the Editor war
Many years ago I realized: For my targets in computers I'll need to do much editing, so chose the right editor.
And I've already learned, it's fewer the choice what editor you use, as more to learn to use an editor really good.
So pick a particluar one - chose well - and then really learn it.
Of course, if you are willing to make the effort in teaching yourself a real powerful, complex editor like emacs or vi you want to be sure chosen the right one.
So I started an evaluation process for myself:
1. Which editors there are?
2. Test them a while
3. Pick one and learn it.
Even if you limit point 1 just to free editors only, you'll quickly get a list of 20...30 editors - even more (/usr/ports/editors alone provides way more than 50)
And then you only have the famous, most used ones. Since there is not just vi, emacs, geany, Kate,...
Each editor brought up derivatives and many copys such as "like XYZ, but more/less/slightly other functions/features...."
That's why I recommend first to chose between the basic concepts of vi or emacs.
Even if they are named completely else most today's editors orient themselves at emacs as a kind of role model.
vi provides a complete other, but also extremely powerful concept of textediting.
There are more concepts as those both, but you may run into additional challenges like getting a copy for your OS.
So, to actually being correct you really need to say:
find and pick your concept
of texteditoring, then pick an editor
within this concept and learn it well."
Long story short:
I agree with either of you as with the presumed origin idea of this thread, as it would be useful to
1. summerize, what editors there are
2. discuss advantages, disadvantages, attributes, features...
I fully agree that would be very helpful for anybody who has not found his texteditor yet.
But from my experience I know this cannot be done fully considered by a list of editors only, neither with a forum's thread.
Just to make a list of all editors would need some effort (and I promise, you'll be beaten up immediatly, if you only forget a single particular one!
) and a list would only be the very start.
To make it right, you'll need to describe and compare them, better naming and dividing concepts of textediting, then building family trees... and then you only have one personal flavour of seeing it.....
That's something more for a research project, really. Ending up in a book: "Which editors there are and which I should try"
Otherwise, you end up in what's the most favorite one, only. And this ain't no satisfactory help for someone who already knew the most favorite stuff seldom fits (so one would not use FreeBSD but something more famous
So, bottom line:
Everybody is at his own to find the best solution for himself, anyway. After all he/she needs to make the decision alone for him/herself.
All others can do about is list what there is, name alternatives, give input about things to think of...
And that's exactly what this thread does.
I agree, it's grown convoluted. But so is the subject.