In Ubuntu the default text editor is called “GEdit”. For both simple text editing to moderately complicated code editing tasks, GEdit is certainly a handy tool. But if you’re a writer, then to come up with the best you’ve got ;-), you need something extremely simple and less distracting.
For instance, the toolbars, menus and icons on the standard text editing applications can be quite irritating at times. A lot of different types of applications are available for anyone who’s interested, but for a change if you want to try something new, then why not use “Catlooking Writer” (written in the Qt Toolkit).
Main features …
*. A minimalist interface.
*. Saves the text automatically Or you can manually save to a new file.
*. Change between two types of fonts.
*. Change text size (3 variations).
*. A a built in word counter (which is very handy in my opinion).
*. Four (4) built in color themes (has a darker version if you have a thing for that :D).
*. Manually “define” the text area using your mouse.
*. Runs in full screen and no windowed mode available.
*. Automatic tool-bar hiding for creating an optimal writing environment.
*. Text “copying” and “pasting” can be done using the default keyboard shortcuts or your mouse.
Well, that’s pretty much it actually.
If interested, you can install “Catlooking Writer” in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by first downloading the “.deb” packages from this official Catlooking Writer home page (which also includes packages for MS Windows).
Then once the download completes, double click on the “.deb” file and follow the instructions laid out by the Ubuntu Software Center. That should do it.
My only complain here is that it doesn’t let us manually change the colors (background, text etc). It does come with 4 themes but if Alex (the developer) could implement that in the future versions, I think that would be even better :).