New proposed Strategy Document - Text Editor discussion

Pasi Lallinaho pasi at
Thu Nov 7 14:49:57 UTC 2013

I agree this got off track. Here's what I think:

Instead of discussing the target audience, we should keep in mind what
the usage for an application, in this case, Mousepad, is.

>From my point of view, Mousepad is to provide a simple text editor to
edit some configuration files and possibly some simple text files. The
newest Mousepad version does support 1) tabs 2) syntax highlighting 3)
color schemes (and there has been support for text wrapping and line
numbers for a long time). These alone make Mousepad even a bit
superfluous for the reason and usecase we are including Mousepad.

If you need features that Mousepad do not have, you probably want to
install a preferred editor anyway. It is likely that there will be no
consensus if we start arguing over which advanced editor is "the best".
Ultimately, I don't think Xubuntu lacks at all if we don't ship such editor.


P.S. Yes, the Strategy Document should say Mousepad, not Leafpad.

On 07/11/13 14:58, Richard Elkins wrote:
> I think that the discussion got off track.  A good engineer's editor probably supports any language - it does for me.  
> The choice of default text editor should be based on the target audience for the release which has evolved since the first 'buntu, quite
> a bit.  Who is the target audience nowadays?  Or, should we default in one for simple note-padding and one with a lot of engineering capabilities?
> Keep in mind that they are both low on dependencies, relative to other packages.
> On 11/07/2013 05:55 AM, Eero Tamminen wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On keskiviikko 06 marraskuu 2013, Joshua O'Leary wrote:
>>> It mentions C++ programs as being unsuitable, but this is clearly not the
>>> case as core components (such as apt and software-centre, and now even
>>> gcc) are coded in C++
>> Also all browsers use C++, from Dillo to Firefox
>> (Gecko and Webkit HTML engines are coded in C++,
>> even if the GUI toolkit wouldn't use C++).
>> 	- Eero

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