Linux’s Top Open Source Editors – Part II

By Software Levi

In our previous article, we have discussed popular open Source Editors – Gedit, Vim, Netbeans. Let’s continue with more of Linux’s Top Open Source Editors here!

1. Geany

Geany isn’t a text editor but a very lightweight IDE. It is an open source software which can run on any Linux flavor, either under KDE or Gnome desktops (as long as you have the GTK2 runtime libraries). Source code editor and compiler are also available for those more interested in application development.

Geany is best suited to multiple types of development and also has basic project management. Download the package here. However, Ubuntu users can install it with the command: sudo apt-get install geany.

geany-Linux's Top Open Source Editors - Part II

2. Aptana

Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment so it is helpful with everything from basic HTML, CSS to Javascript. And with plugins for Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python and also SQL Connections, this is much more than a simple text editor.

Some have experienced instability with some Linux distributions. You can download the package here and a large community will be able to assist you with support. This installation also requires Java.

aptana-Linux's Top Open Source Editors

3. Quanta Plus

Quanta Plus is a full web development environment and runs on the KDE desktop.

It gives you true WYSIWYG development. Those familiar with Dreamweaver will be happy to use the split view (virtual preview layout), where you can view code and then the actual page in separate windows. One of its documented issues is the lack of SVN support for version control.

This package is already included with the KDE desktop and you may also download or install it via synaptic package manager in Ubuntu. You can check Documentation Wiki here.


4. Bluefish

Bluefish is my primary editor. It’s lightweight, has support for remote file editing and is both powerful and streamlined enough to support the majority of my web development needs. Like the other editors, Bluefish supports editing multiple file types and loads in an instant. One important thing to note about this editor is that it is supposed to use 30 to 45% less memory than the others.

Bluefish main features are that it allows you to open multiple files and keep them organized, and also remote editing is an advanced feature offered here. You can Download files and installation instructions will guide you through the setup.



Thanks for reading this article. I hope with this introduction, you have identified some tools that you’d like to try to get better work experience.