Red Echo

November 13, 2015

ne, the nice editor:

ne is a free (GPL’d) text editor based on the POSIX standard that
runs (we hope) on almost any UN*X machine. ne is easy to use for
the beginner, but powerful and fully configurable for the wizard, and most
sparing in its resource usage. If you have the resources and the patience to
use emacs or the right mental twist to use vi then
probably ne is not for you. However, if you need an editor that:

  • compiles without effort everywhere (or almost everywhere), is packaged for
    all Linux distributions, and ported to other operating systems (such as Mac OS X);
  • is fast, small, powerful and simple to use;
  • has standard keystrokes (e.g., copy is CTRL-C);
  • uses little bandwidth, so it is ideal for email, editing through phone line (or
    slow GSM/GPRS/UMTS) connections;
  • has a very compact internal text
    representation, so you can easily load and modify very large

… then you should try ne.