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Welcome to the Skunkware Editors section. Here you will find replacement editors. This section is concerned mainly with text editors, or general purpose editors, not graphics editors or specialty editors.

Package List

Name Description Version OSR5 UnixWare
elvis Elvis 2.0 Yes Yes
emacs GNU Emacs 20.2 Yes Yes
jed Jed 0.98.7 Yes No
joe Joe 2.8 Yes No
gxedit GXedit - graphical text editor 1.23 No Yes
infodock Advanced Integrated Development Environment 4.0.8 No Yes
lyx LyX - Advanced Open Source document processor 1.1.5 Yes Yes
nedit NEdit - GUI text editor 5.0.2 Yes Yes
nvi The New Vi 1.79 Yes Yes
pico Pico 3.96 Yes No
Ted Ted - text processor 2.9 Yes Yes
vile Vile 7.3 Yes No
vim Vi IMproved, a programmers text editor 5.5 Yes Yes
xcoral Xcoral 3.14 Yes Yes
xemacs XEmacs - the best Emacs ever 20.4 Yes Yes
xhtml HTML editor 1.3 Yes Yes

ex/vi clone

elvis is a text editor. It is intended to be a modern replacement for the classic ex/vi editor of UNIX fame. elvis supports many new features, including multiple edit buffers, multiple windows, multiple user interfaces (including an X11 interface), and a variety of display modes.

For a more complete description, you should see the elvis on-line documentation. To view this documentation, start elvis and then give the command ":help".

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/elvis/

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/editors/elvis/

Original source code ftp://ftp.cs.pdx.edu/pub/elvis/


GNU Emacs

GNU Emacs, the extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor.

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/emacs/

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw2/editors/emacs/

Original source code ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/pub/gnu/

Package Home page http://www.gnu.ai.mit.edu/


Jed - Programmers Editor


Color syntax highlighting. Emulation of Emacs, EDT, Wordstar, and Brief editors. Extensible in a language resembling C. Completely customizable. Editing TeX files with AUC-TeX style editing (BiBTeX support too). Folding support, and much more...

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/jed/

Original source code ftp://space.mit.edu/pub/davis/jed/


Joes Own Editor

JOE is the professional freeware ASCII text screen editor for UNIX. It makes full use of the power and versatility of UNIX, but lacks the steep learning curve and basic nonsense you have to deal with in every other UNIX editor. JOE has the feel of most IBM PC text editors: The key-sequences are reminiscent of WordStar and Turbo-C. JOE is much more powerful than those editors, however. JOE has all of the features a UNIX user should expect: full use of termcap/terminfo, excellent screen update optimizations (JOE is fully useable at 2400 baud), simple installation, and all of the UNIX-integration features of VI.

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/joe/

Original source code ftp://ftp.std.com/src/editors/


GXedit - graphical text editor

GXedit is a multi function GPL graphical text editor using GTK. It was made to have multiple useful functions without becoming too bloated or too big, and while staying easy to use.

The current project focus is on making GXedit into a general purpose environment and making sure it is both very secure and user friendly. I believe that most useful work is document centric, that is why GXedit is primarly a text editor. It also provides all the features needed to complete your work, and is very much network oriented.

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/editors/gxedit/

Original source code http://devplanet.fastethernet.net/gxedit.html

Package Home page http://devplanet.fastethernet.net/gxedit.html


BeOpen.com InfoDock - Integrated Software Development Toolset

BeOpen.com InfoDock is an Integrated Software Development Toolset based upon the XEmacs text editor but with a more powerful and commercially oriented user interface and feature set. It is part of the BeOpen.com Open Source Software product set.

Features of InfoDock include:

  • dozens of carefully designed menubars tailored to the large variety of supported editing and browsing modes (covers most major languages in use today);
  • attractive, cleanly blended window colors that support the use of either dark or light window backgrounds;
  • smart, automatic point-and-click hyperlinks in files: e.g. jump to an identifier definition, jump to the source line associated with a build-time error, follow URLs, etc.;
  • automatic file header insertion and standardized indenting of program constructs;
  • advanced, incremental source code coloring for most major programming languages; and professional object-oriented code browsing with fast queries for all major object-oriented languages.
  • powerful e-mail, NetNews and file management facilities.
InfoDock comes bundled together with Hyperbole (an everyday, net-centric hypertextual information manager) and the OO-Browser (a fast flexible object-oriented code browser that supports all languages). BeOpen.com also provides high-quality support, updates, training and printed documentation for these and other Open Source products.

(XEmacs is a powerful, extensible text editor with full GUI support. XEmacs descends from the Free Software Foundation Emacs editor but has many additional features and is maintained separately. BeOpen.com can also provide commercial support for XEmacs or Emacs.)

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/devtools/infodock/

Original source code http://www.beopen.com/products/products.html

Package Home page http://www.BeOpen.com


LyX - an advanced Open Source document processor

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/textproc/lyx/

Original source code ftp://ftp.lyx.org/pub/lyx/

Package Home page http://www.lyx.org/

LyX is the first WYSIWYM document processor.

LyX is what?!

LyX is an advanced open source document processor running on many Unix platforms and OS/2, and experimentally under Windows/Cygwin. Unlike standard word processors, LyX encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents, not their appearance. LyX lets you concentrate on writing, leaving details of visual layout to the software.

LyX produces high quality, professional output -- using LaTeX, an industrial strength typesetting engine, in the background; LyX is far more than a front-end to LaTeX, however. No knowledge of LaTeX is necessary to use LyX, although it will give a user more power.

LyX is stable and fully featured. It has been used for documents as large as a thesis, or as small as a business letter. Despite its simple GUI interface (available in many languages), it supports tables, figures, and hyperlinked cross-references, and has a best-of-breed math editor.


NEdit - GUI text editor

NEdit is a GUI style plain-text editor for X/Motif systems. It is very easy to use, especially for those familiar with the Macintosh or MS Windows style of interface. Do not let the lack of pizzazz of this web-site, or the simplicity of the NEdit interface fool you. NEdit is now one of the most popular editors in the Unix community, and one of the most powerful. It has every significant feature required by professional programmers and other intensive users of plain-text editing, carefully optimized and organized around the principles and conventions of modern graphical user interfaces. NEdit is also the most mouse-interactive of all Unix text editors. Try it and see what you are missing.

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/editors/nedit/

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/nedit/

Original source code ftp://ftp.fnal.gov/pub/nedit/

Package Home page http://www-pat.fnal.gov/nirvana/nedit.html


The New VI

NVI is the "new" vi, based on the original Berkeley source code. It has a few features which the original vi does not, and is considerably faster. A worthy replacement for the standard editor.

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/editors/

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/nvi/

Original source code ftp://ftp.bostic.com/pub/

Package Home page http://www.bostic.com/vi


Pico Text Editor

Pico is a very simple and easy-to-use text editor offering paragraph justification, cut/paste, and a spelling checker.

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/pico/

Original source code ftp://ftp.cac.washington.edu/pine/

Package Home page http://www.washington.edu/pine


Ted - Text Processor for UNIX/X11

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/editors/Ted/

Original source code ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/editors/ted/

Package Home page http://www.nllgg.nl/Ted/

Ted is a text processor running under X Windows on Unix/Linux systems. Ted was developed as a standard easy word processor, having the role of Wordpad on MS-Windows, but more powerful. In our opinion, the possibility to type a letter or a note on a Unix/Linux machine is clearly missing. Only too often, you have to turn to a Windows machine to write a letter or an e-mail message. Teds function is to be able to edit rich text documents on Unix/Linux in a wysiwyg way.

Compatibility with popular MS-Windows applications played an important role in the design of Ted. Every document produced by Ted should, without any loss of formatting or information, be accepted as a legal .rtf file by Word. Compatibility in the other direction is more difficult to achieve. Ted supports most basic text formatting, as supported by the Microsoft applications. Other formatting instructions and meta information are ignored. By ignoring unsupported formatting Ted tries to get the complete text of a document on screen. Ted can be used to read formatted e-mail sent from a Windows machine to Unix.


  • Wysiwyg rich text editing. You can use all fonts for which you have a .afm file and that are available as an X11 font. Ted is delivered with .afm files for the Adobe fonts that are available on Motif systems and in all postscript printers: Times, Helvetica, Courier and Symbol. Other fonts can be added with the normal X11 procedure. Font properties like bold and italic are supported; so is underlining.
  • Ted uses Microsoft RTF as its native file format. Microsoft Word and Wordpad can read files produced by Ted. Usually Ted can read .rtf files from Microsoft Word and Wordpad. As Ted does not support all features of Word,some formatting information might be lost.
  • In line bitmap pictures.
  • Postscript printing.
  • Spelling checking in several Latin languages. (E.G. English, Dutch, German, Portuguese, French and Spanish.)
  • Directly mailing documents from Ted.
  • Cut/Copy/Paste, also with other applications.
  • Find/Replace.
  • Ruler: Paragraph indentation, Indentation of first line, Tabs. Copy/Paste Ruler.
  • Page breaks.
  • Tables: Insert Table, Row, Column. Changing the column width of tables with their ruler.
  • Symbols and accented characters are fully supported.
  • Hyperlinks.
  • Saving a document in HTML format.
For a detailed description and a manual please refer to the readme files in RTF, HTML or plain text.


Vile Text Editor

Text editor with Vi and Emacs characteristics

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/vile/

Original source code ftp://ftp.clark.net/pub/dickey/vile/


Vi IMproved, a programmers text editor

Vim is a text editor that is upwards compatible to vi. It can be used to edit any ASCII text. It is especially useful for editing programs.

There are a lot of enhancements above vi: multi level undo, multi windows and buffers, command line editing, filename completion, on-line help, visual selection, etc.. Read vim_diff.txt for a summary of the differences between Vim and vi.

The SCO Open Source Program Architect (Ronald Joe Record) uses vim as his text editor of choice. Dr. Record states:

Vim is way cool. It recognizes most filetypes and can be configured to color the syntax intelligently. That is, if i edit an HTML document or shell script or C source file, vim knows that and displays the text colored according to its syntactical context. It even highlights things like missing end-quotes, braces and such. Vim has enhanced my productivity tremendously.

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/vim/

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/editors/vim/

Original source code http://www.vim.org/download.html

Package Home page http://www.vim.org


graphical text editor

Xcoral is a multiwindow mouse-based text editor for the X Window System. A built-in browser enables you to navigate through C functions, C++ classes, methods and files. A Small Ansi C Interpreter is also built-in to dynamically extend the editor possibilities (user functions, key bindings, modes etc). provides variable width fonts, menus, scrollbars, buttons, search, regions, kill-buffers, macros and undo. An on-line manual box, with a table of contents and an index, helps you to use and customize the editor. Commands are accessible from menus or key bindings. Xcoral is a direct Xlib client and runs on color/bw X Display.

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/xcoral/

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/editors/

Original source code ftp://ftp.inria.fr/X/contrib-R5/clients/



XEmacs is a powerful, extensible text editor with full GUI support, initially based on an early version of GNU Emacs 19 from the Free Software Foundation and since kept up to date with recent versions of that product. This version has support for many extra features not found in GNU Emacs.

This archive contains two versions of X-Emacs, one with X11 support and one without. By default, the xemacs binary is linked to the version which does have X11 support built in. If you know that you will never be running XEmacs in X11 mode, you can change the link in /usr/local/bin to point to the non-X11 version. This will reduce the editor memory usage size as well as start up time.

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/xemacs/

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/editors/xemacs/

Original source code ftp://ftp.xemacs.org/pub/xemacs/

Package Home page http://www.xemacs.org/


hypertext markup language editor

xhtml is a splitscreen HTML editor allowing amendments of the source document and showing the HTML display of that source. The usual file editing facilities (open, amend, save etc.) are present by either using meta key combinations or by mouse selection via pulldown menus. Also most of the HTML functions such as heading, paragraphs, lists etc are available.

UnixWare Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/uw7/editors/

OpenServer Distribution ftp://ftp2.sco.com/pub/skunkware/osr5/editors/ashe

Original source code ftp://ftp.cs.rpi.edu/pub/puninj/ASHE/README.html

Package Home page http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~puninj/TALK/head.html


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Last Updated: Thursday Jul 19, 2001 at 11:33:44 PDT