gedit – 36 things to do, maybe planning a crowdfunding

GNOME 3.36 has been released. And gedit 3.36 too!

In the small corner of the Universe where I live, when we say “36” it actually means “a lot”. When we have 36 things to do today, or when we cannot do 36 things at the same time. In the case of gedit, there are also 36 things to do, as you can imagine.

I now have more time that I can devote to GNOME, especially gedit. But I’m partly living on my savings.

Maybe planning to do a crowdfunding for gedit!

Do you think it would work? Is there still a wide interest for gedit?

gedit is the default text editor of GNOME, that is installed by default with many Linux distributions, so it ought to be a great app. But to be a great app, gedit needs a lot of work in my opinion. There are lots of imperfections and bugs, and the state of the code … could be improved significantly.

To give you an idea of possible things to improve in gedit, here is the roadmap (the items are in no particular order).

Update: to see what’s new in gedit, see the gedit NEWS file and gedit-plugins NEWS file (read also the 3.35 entries).

Note that the fact that I have more free time and the fact that I’m maybe planning a crowdfunding is not related to this corona pandemic thingy (I prefer to precise).

12 thoughts on “gedit – 36 things to do, maybe planning a crowdfunding”

  1. Thank you for the work you do on gedit. It’s my primary editor. It does everything I need; I use it for authoring papers, cleaning up data files, and writing shell scripts. The scripts automate (using pandoc and others) my document publishing workflow. I don’t have any wants or issues with gedit currently but my needs are simple.

    I would be happy to donate to a crowdfunding for more work to be done on gedit. Such as you mention fixing bugs and imperfections and improving the state of the code.

  2. I use gedit daily, but also notepad++ and I miss some of the features it has like:

    – no need to save a file: take some notes, close notepad++, reopen it, all old tabs will be there
    – multi-line line edition: control + shift + cursor allows to edit multiple lines in parallel
    – textFX plugin: some functions like wrap/unwrap are useful

    Maybe there are plugins for gedit that do that, but I was not able to find them.

    I also feel notepad++ more responsive with large text files, but it also true that with F32 and 3.36 I start to feel gedit being more responsive than in the past.

    As Jake, I’ll be happy to contribute if a crowdfunding is setup.

    1. Thanks for your feedback!

      > no need to save a file

      Yes I have the impression that it’s the most wanted missing feature in gedit.

      > multi-line line edition

      There is the Multi Edit plugin for gedit, but it’s not installed by default with most Linux distributions because it’s part of the gedit-plugins repository, it’s not a plugin shipped with gedit itself.

  3. I love Gedit and would also donate! Its my go to tool when I don’t need to debug nor test frequently (which are rather frustrating activities) making it the editor I use for.

    I also think that the ideal editor should be simple, letting the user upgrade it with plugins, rather than shipping a complex editor that on the contrary make the user try to uninstall half the features.

  4. Thank you very much for your work, and keeping the super-useful minimap (overview) feature alive. I think Gedit is the best lightweight editor for Linux in general, although it requires some plugins and configuration, but perhaps that’s what makes Gedit great. I vote for crowdfunding, and some movement to spread the news about it. By the way, do you happen to know how the price tag on Windows Store was chosen? Thanks again, and best regards.

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