The reasons why Leafpad is fine

James Freer at
Sat Jan 12 23:40:00 UTC 2013

On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM, David Segura M <davidseg at> wrote:
> El 08/01/13 07:52, Eero Tamminen escribió:
>> Hi,
>> On tiistai 08 tammikuu 2013, Liviu Andronic wrote:
>>> On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM, PK <pliniusminor at> wrote:
>>>> So please: let's keep Leafpad as default for Xubuntu!
>>> I'd say put Mousepad back in. :) Its recent latest release is very
>>> decent, and strikes a compromise between Leafpad and Gedit.
>> What features (including e.g. translations to extra languages)
>> it adds on top of Leafpad?
>>         - Eero
> I am of the opinion of leaving the apps that the Xubuntu team decides as
> every user can un/install the ones they want whenever they want, but in this
> case Mousepad seems to me a better choice since it is a project of the Xfce
> team wich has a recent relesase with some very intersesting characteristics
> but at the same time keeping it amazingly fast:
> - Drag and Drop support for text inside a document, between tabs and
>   between windows.  Also supports opening a file by dragging it into
>   the window.
> - Support for multiple tabs in one window which are both reorderable
>   and detachable.
> - Load multiple files at once from both the open dialog and the command
>   line.
> - Type-ahead find and highlight feature like Firefox.
> - Support for editable menu accelerators.
> - Reimplemented recent file support. You can cleanup the Mousepad
>   history and a file is removed from the history when Mousepad was
>   unable to open it.
> - Syntax highlighting of many filetypes (including printing).
> - Various hidden settings.
> - Statusbar with filetype, cursor location and whether overwrite is
>   actived.
> --
> David Segura M

Let's be fair on why Leafpad was used in the first place Mousepad
development and maintenance was dropped - dead app. Now after two
years it's available again for consideration.


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