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Emacs text editor doesn't need any introduction because it is quite famous and used widely. Emacs is a free, open-source, extensible, customizable text editor. It is cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac, developed by GNU project and released under GNU GPL license. Development of the first Emacs began in the mid-1970s, and work on its direct descendent, GNU Emacs, continues actively as of 2017. Richard Stallman began work on GNU Emacs in 1984 to produce a free software alternative to the proprietary Gosling Emacs.
Emacs has over 10,000 built-in commands and its user interface allows the user to combine these commands into macros to automate work. Additionally, implementations of Emacs typically feature a dialect of the Lisp programming language that provides a deep extension capability, allowing users and developers to write new commands and applications for the editor. Extensions have been written to manage email, files, outlines, and RSS feeds, as well as clones of ELIZA, Pong, Conway's Life, Snake and Tetris.

  • Content-aware editing modes, including syntax coloring, for many file types.
  • Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
  • Full Unicode support for nearly all human scripts.
  • Highly customizable, using Emacs Lisp code or a graphical interface.
  • An entire ecosystem of functionality beyond text editing, including a project planner, mail and news reader, debugger interface, calendar, and more.
  • A packaging system for downloading and installing extensions.

Available for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 18/17/other Ubuntu derivatives
To install GNU Emacs in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

To install text based Emacs run this command:

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There are many text editors available for Linux such as command line editors (vi, vim, nano and so) and GUI editors (Gedit, Pluma, Kate and so on). Linux always has space for new stuff but Xed isn't new and around from quite sometime.
Xed text editor offers most of the standard editor features, extending this basic functionality with other features not usually found in simple text editors. It supports editing of multiple text files in a window (using Tabs) just like any other famous text editor. Support to encode UTF-8 files, compare files among others, syntax highlighting of source code, auto indentation and manual indentation, printing, print preview support, and many other standard features.
Plugins can extend the functionality of the Xed editor, some plugins are packed with it by default to help end-user to be more productive, which currently includes support for spell checking, comparing files, viewing CVS ChangeLogs, and adjusting indentation levels. If you don't like the new interface of Gedit then it will remind you of old Gedit, also it is forked from Pluma, the main difference between Pluma and Xed is that the latter is an X-app. Since this editor is in the active development by Linux Mint project, you should expect new features in the future releases.

xed text editor
Brackets is an open source, modern, lightweight code/text editor made by Adobe developers, it understands the web design which means if you want to work on HTML, CSS, JavaScript then you will find this editor very useful and handy. The Brackets can be splits in to two parts both horizontally and vertically to compare or edit files simultaneously with focused visual tools and preprocessor support, it's makes it easy to design in the browser. Try Creative Cloud Extract (preview) for Brackets for an easy way to get clean, minimal CSS straight from a PSD with no generated code.
Do you miss Notepadd++ which is only available for Microsoft Windows? Here is an alternative for you called "Notepadqq" released under GPL (GNU General Public License) Version 3. Notepadqq is a Notepad++-like editor for the Linux desktop. It helps developers by providing all you can expect from a general purpose text editor, such as syntax highlighting for more than 100 different languages, code folding, color schemes, file monitoring, multiple selection and much more. You can search text using the power of regular expressions. You can organize documents side by side. You can use real-time highlighting to find near identifiers in no time. It has support for multiple programming languages, multiple encodings and plugin support.

uText is a simple and minimal text editor with markdown syntax, basically focused on writing. It offers all necessary tools and facilities that a user need for basic writing, another great feature it has spell checker. You can find simple operations like copy, cut, paste, text selections, change character case or capitalize, further more you can use HTML format.
It has live preview feature and syntax highlighting, so you can see your document preview on the right side of the editor, features that live preview offers are Live text preview, preview Line code. Another functionality of this editor is night-mode, if white hurt your eyes or you are working at night on your document you can enable night mode and focus on your work. Just like other editor it also has find feature and you can search and replace text too. Basic formatting options are also available like Bold, italic, headings, and etc.. If you are using Unity desktop then it give you quick list on utext launcher icon. You can save and retrieve your documents in to your Dropbox account. It allows you to export file in following formats: HTML, ODT, PDF.

FocusWriter is a lightweight, full-screen, distraction-free rich feature word processor, it is cross-platform available for Linux, MS Windows, and Mac. This program is translated into many different languages. It utilizes a hide-away interface that you access by moving your mouse to the edges of the screen, allowing the program to have a familiar look and feel to it while still getting out of the way so that you can immerse yourself in your work.

FocusWriter allows you to skin your environment by creating themes that control the font, colors, and background image to add ambiance. It also features on-the-fly updating statistics, daily goals, multiple open documents, spell-checking, and much more.
Additionally, when you open the program your current work in progress will automatically load and position you where you last left off so that you can immediately jump back in.
You can set writing goals, and enjoy features not usually found in similar writing applications like spell checking and tabbed documents. FocusWriter offers features usually absent from focus-centered writing tools like spellcheck, tabbed documents, real-time stats on your work (character, word, paragraph, and page count), as well as daily goals based on word count or time spent writing. The interface is there when you want it and vanishes into the background when you just want to write. It does not require many system resources, it has a good response time and there are enough options to keep you busy for quite a while.

Main Features:
  • TXT, basic RTF, and basic ODT file support
  • Timers and alarms
  • Daily goals
  • Fully customizable themes
  • Typewriter sound effects (optional)
  • Auto-save (optional)
  • Live statistics (optional)
  • Spell-checking (optional)
  • Multi-document support
  • Sessions
  • Portable mode (optional)
  • Translated into over 20 languages