I have notepad++ on windows and I am about to download Ubuntu but I am wondering if there's a special version for Ubuntu or can I just use the one I have now. If it there's no version for Ubuntu, Can anybody please recommend a similar program? By the way sorry for the tags. I need more reputation to create a new tag, that's the closest i could i get

  • Additional Q&A: askubuntu.com/questions/10998/…
    – fossfreedom
    Aug 9, 2013 at 15:15
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    Sublime Text would be my suggestion. Hugely expensive compared to the rest of the field but it works out pretty cheap if you use it all the time. I've spent about five hours a day in ST2 for the past year. I think it has more than paid for itself in the time it has saved me over Gedit.
    – Oli
    Aug 9, 2013 at 15:39
  • Ubuntu comes with Gedit. Why not use that?
    – Ed Manet
    Aug 9, 2013 at 16:22

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Officially notepad++ is not supported for ubuntu. However you can install it via wine and run through it!

If you don't have wine just type in terminal

sudo apt-get install wine

Then go to notepad++'s website and download the latest version. Run in in ubuntu with wine(right click the .exe and select open with wine).

Check this video, that will help you.

Alternatively, you can use geany which can be used either in windows or ubuntu. It's a really cool editor, that can also be use for LaTeX.

Here you can see a C++ code screenshot from geany

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If you are looking for a good alternative to Notepad++, you could try GEdit. Another option is Vim, this editor is much more powerful than either GEdit or Notepad++. It might have a rustic look to it and take some time to learn, but it is certainly worth it.

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