Praise for the Humble gedit

I’ve been a fan of lightweight text editors for more than 10 years now. I started out on Emacs, drifted over to Vi(m) for a long stretch and then somehow settled into Textmate for the last couple of years. This week, since I’ve been bouncing from OS to OS, I’m checking in with a number of text editors that I’ve either never used or haven’t visited in a long time. Having been a KDE guy back in the day, gedit falls under the former category.

Fresh out of the box, gedit’s not going to win many awards. It’s decent as far as default text editors go — loades quickly, tabbed windows, strong unicode support, native (but buggy) SFTP support via embedded Natilus bookmarks in the sidebar, &c. — but where it really shines is when you start to flesh out functionality with plugins.