The question of which text editor is best always comes up and as always it depends which one suits your specific requirements. On the left we have Nano which is basically a free version of Pico and on the right we have the mighty Vi.
Personally although Vi is more fully featured I prefer Nano and I shall explain why. When I started out learning Linux everybody suggested I learn Vi. I tried but I found the interface very confusing, especially the modal concept (normal, insert and command modes), and Vi gives you no indication of any commands that you might need. Contrast this with Nano which is easy to use (even using the cursor is allowed!!), has the command shortcuts displayed at the bottom and in my opinion just works. I can however appreciate why Vi would be used by programmers as it is a very powerful program and it does come as standard on any distribution you want to use.
So to sum up;
EVERYDAY use – Nano
ADVANCED use – Vi
As always this is open source so you can ignore my opinions and use whatever takes your fancy!!
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