Text Editors, Note Takers, and Program Languages

by Ostatic Staff - Aug. 01, 2014

Today in Linux news, Jack Germain has a look at the perfect note taker. The Linux Voice has a comparison of text editors for programmers and the Linux Journal introduces their current issue on program languages. In other news, XBMC becomes Kodi and Linux.com has 10 reasons to take the Linux Foundation's Introduction to Linux edX course.

Jack Germain posted an article today on a note taking application that so impressed him, he had to write about it. He says, "Note-taking applications in Linux are a dime a dozen. Most I have used forced me to enter plain text and leave a reference to related files. With MyNotex, I can format as I enter the information and be done with it." But that's not all. Germain continues, "This is a very unusual note-taking application. It has such a wide range of uses that it is challenging to classify it for a specific purpose. MyNotex is a free-form information manager to take notes, file documents, and manage information or research."

The Linux Foundation, and the community at large, is widely publicizing their free online introductory course on Linux. Libby Clark has information on that at Linux.com. In addition, the training staff put up 10 reasons to learn Linux. They're hoping to get folks hooked on Linux, or their course line-up.

If you're ready to learn some code but have no idea which language or specialty to choose, this month's Linux Journal might help. Shawn Powers has a nice little overview at LinuxJournal.com. He says Reuven M. Lerner tells folks how to get started with Web development and Kyle Rankin shows how to run a server with random IP addresses. "Mihalis Tsoukalos shows how to create three-dimensional graphics with OpenGL." There's lots more too, so perhaps you'll want to check that out.

Every hacker needs a good dependable text editor. Most have their favorite, but if you're still searching The Linux Voice has a nice article on five of the most inviting text editors available. They test Gedit, Kate, Sublime Text, UltraEdit, and jEdit. Spoiler alert, ....... Kate wins.

In other news, http://liliputing.com covered the name change of XBMC to Kodi today. Writer Brad Linder said

Once upon a time XBMC stood for Xbox Media Center: the earliest versions were designed to turn a first-generation Xbox game console into a media PC. It’s been a long time since that was the case, but starting with version 14 the team of developers behind the software are finally doing away with the vestigial name: Meet Kodi.

And finally, Harry Fairhead reviews Raspberry Pi For Dummies. He concludes, "If you need a book to hold your hand while starting to work with the Pi, or to just suggest the sorts of things it can do, then it might be useful - but the chapters on using LibreOffice, Gimp, Python and Pygame aren't really going to help."