GNOME switched its recommended text editor to gnome-text-editor for the 42 release.
I propose that we switch our default text editor from gedit to gnome-text-editor for Ubuntu 22.10.
- Uses GTK4 and libadwaita
- Fully supports the GNOME 42 dark theme preference (gedit does not yet)
- Has improved autosave (including autosaving “unsaved” “draft” files)
- Does not support plugins like gedit
- Includes many (but not all) popular features and options without plugins
- Follows GNOME Design more closely than gedit
Try It Out
gnome-text-editor 42 is available in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS if you want to try it now.
It’s a little confusing that both gedit and gnome-text-editor have their app name set to Text Editor for 22.04 LTS. In Ubuntu 22.10, gedit is using the app name gedit instead.
If this proposal happens, gedit will still be available for install but will be demoted to the
universe section. (Many of Ubuntu’s most popular apps are in
universe). It will still be possible to remove gnome-text-editor if you prefer to use gedit or something else and don’t want it installed at all.