Pluma is described as ', fork of gedit , is a text editor part of MATE Desktop Environment' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Pluma for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Chrome OS. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like Pluma are Notepad++ (Free, Open Source), Atom (Free, Open Source), Sublime Text (Free Personal) and Vim (Free, Open Source).
VS Code is more than just a code editor, it provides the tools and extensions to compile, debug, compare, refactor, and even manage code repositories all within a highly-customised development environment.
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Atom vs Pluma opinions
pros, cons and recent comments
JohnFastman Pluma is the MATE desktop's default, but simple text editor. Atom is far superior in functionality, support for extensions and it's still open source. If Pluma is not enough, Atom has to be: there's nothing better.
GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion.