The default editor in Linux Mint 18 is Xed, a package that is based on Pluma, and which, according to Mint’s web site is meant to “…use traditional user interfaces…” and “…provide the functionality users already enjoy…” At face value, this is true, but when opening a file on my system, I quickly found it not to be the case.
The File-Open menu option pops up an “Open Files” dialogue box. My files are all located on my DataDisk partition; however, the link to this folder was nowhere to be seen in the directory tree. As an afterthought (?), the program’s developers have included a “+ Other Locations” link which displays an “On This Computer” list of locations. This is where the link to DataDisk is “hidden”.
Now, having to use additional mouse clicks to get to my set of data files is just not acceptable. (And, in my view, doesn’t accord with maintaining the user interface nor its functionality.) However, this is Linux, and there is always an alternative.
In the past, I have used Gedit extensively, so I installed this editor through the Software Manager, But, alas, the current version of Gedit suffers from the same interface woes as Xed.
Then, I recalled a brief fling with Pluma at some point in the recent past, and the fact that Xed is based on this editor. I installed Pluma and – wonder of wonders – the original user interface, with the normal set of “Places”, was once again shown on the display.
Needless to say, I now have a new default text editor for my Mint 18 test-bed!
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