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gedit vs Vim: What are the differences?

gedit: Text editor for the GNOME desktop environment, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. gedit is the GNOME text editor. While aiming at simplicity and ease of use, gedit is a powerful general purpose text editor; Vim: Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.

gedit and Vim belong to "Text Editor" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by gedit are:

  • Full support for internationalized text (UTF-8)
  • Configurable syntax highlighting for various languages (C, C++, Java, HTML, XML, Python, Perl and many others)
  • Undo/Redo

On the other hand, Vim provides the following key features:

  • Vertically Split Windows
  • Vimdiff
  • Folding

"Fast" is the top reason why over 8 developers like gedit, while over 334 developers mention "Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)" as the leading cause for choosing Vim.

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Rogério R. Alcântara
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Vim
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Neovim

For a Visual Studio Code/Atom developer that works mostly with Node.js/TypeScript/Ruby/Go and wants to get rid of graphic-text-editors-IDE-like at once, which one is worthy of investing time to pick up?

I'm a total n00b on the subject, but I've read good things about Neovim's Lua support, and I wonder what would be the VIM response/approach for it?

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Vim
Neovim

Neovim can basically do everything Vim can with one major advantage - the number of contributors to the code base is just so much wider (Vim is ~100% maintained only by B. Mooleanaar). Whatever you learn for Neovim you can also apply to Vim and vice versa. And of course there is the never ending Vim vs Emacs controversy - but better not get into that war.

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Jeffrey Johnson
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Actually, the biggest advantage with Neovim (as a VS user) is that you can embed REAL Neovim as the editor UI, rather than using a "Vim emulation", you're using actual NVIM, embedded in VS!

"asvetliakov.vscode-neovim" is the extension you are looking for:

  1. Install the 'vscode-neovim; extension (https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=asvetliakov.vscode-neovim)
  2. Install Neovim version 0.5+ nightly
  3. Start winning.

(You can install neovim-nightly separately for just vscode, I usually build and install it to /opt/nvim - it's enough enough to do - let me know if you need help).

Works wonderfully. It might not work out of the box if you have some 100K epic nvim initialization file, but the plugin documents a workaround for having an embedding/VS specific configuration.

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Kudos Beluga
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Neovim

I don't actually notice much of a difference between the two, as the end result looks identical. If you use Vim and are switch to Neovim it's an extremely easy 1-minute process. I switched from Vim to Neovim. I can't say I found much of a difference, but the key points where Neovim could be better than just vim is that first, there are much more people maintaining Neovim compared to vim, which means fewer bugs and a modern code base. It also has a smaller code base which might result in a small speed improvement. Another thing is that it's basically just a fork of vim, so what harm can it do? ;)

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Tarcísio Gruppi
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Vim

I recommend using vim 8+ it has native plugin support if you need language supports you can install the package vim-nox which will come with support for python, lua, ruby, etc

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Rogério R. Alcântara
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Neovim

The hints on the codebase's contributors and the VSCode integration helped me make up my mind.

I really appreciate all comments, though.

Thanks a bunch!

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Albert Kim
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It truly depends on whether you want to completely avoid GUI and stick to TUI and command lines. If you want to edit all of your codes within a terminal, then Vim or neovim would be the choice. Emacs can be run in a terminal, but the functionality is limited. Most people use Emacs using GUI and emacs-client not to use too much memory.

My general preference is to use an independent text editor, which is better if it is highly customizable and programmable. So, I have used Emacs for several years. For beginners, I guess Emacs requires significant time to learn to fully enjoy its wonderful functionalities. In that sense, using atom would be a recommendable option.

Regardless of all the situations, learning basic vim in the terminal will help you in any case. In summary, I recommend 1. vim as a default editor in the terminal 2. atom if you are a beginner, or 3. Emacs if you have a long-term plan to master a programmable editor

Other editors like sublime text, VS code, and so forth are also worth learning and using. But, no matter which editor you choose, stick to one or two until you become an advanced user. Being able to use most text editors at an intermediate level is waste of time.

I hope it helps.

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Pros of gedit
Pros of Vim
  • 10
    Fast
  • 9
    Lightweight
  • 9
    GNOME Integration
  • 5
    Syntax Highlighting
  • 3
    Tabbed UI
  • 3
    Immediately starts
  • 2
    Free
  • 2
    I love gnu-linux
  • 1
    Old gedit based on gtk2
  • 1
    External tools and snippets
  • 1
    Spell Check
  • 1
    If you took cs50, you know gedit
  • 1
    Supports every programming language
  • 343
    Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)
  • 324
    Fast
  • 310
    Highly configurable
  • 293
    Less mouse dependence
  • 242
    Lightweight
  • 141
    Speed
  • 98
    Plugins
  • 94
    Hardcore
  • 80
    It's for pros
  • 64
    Vertically split windows
  • 26
    Open-source
  • 23
    Modal editing
  • 21
    No remembering shortcuts, instead "talks" to the editor
  • 19
    It stood the Test of Time
  • 14
    Unicode
  • 11
    Everything is on the keyboard
  • 11
    Dotfiles
  • 11
    Stick with terminal
  • 11
    VimPlugins
  • 10
    Flexible Indenting
  • 9
    Programmable
  • 8
    Efficient and powerful
  • 8
    Large number of Shortcuts
  • 8
    Hands stay on the keyboard
  • 7
    Everywhere
  • 7
    A chainsaw for text editing
  • 6
    Because its not Emacs
  • 6
    You cannot exit
  • 6
    Unmatched productivity
  • 6
    Modal editing changes everything
  • 5
    Makes you a true bearded developer
  • 5
    Themes
  • 5
    Developer speed
  • 5
    Super fast
  • 4
    Intergrated into most editors
  • 4
    Shortcuts
  • 4
    Plugin manager options. Vim-plug, Pathogen, etc
  • 4
    Most and most powerful plugins of any editor
  • 4
    Habit
  • 4
    EasyMotion
  • 3
    Shell escapes and shell imports :!<command> and !!cmd
  • 3
    Great on large text files
  • 3
    Intuitive, once mastered
  • 2
    Perfect command line editor

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Cons of gedit
Cons of Vim
  • 2
    GTK3
  • 7
    Ugly UI
  • 3
    Hard to learn

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What is gedit?

gedit is the GNOME text editor. While aiming at simplicity and ease of use, gedit is a powerful general purpose text editor.

What is Vim?

Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.

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