Try GNOME’s New Terminal & Text Editor on Ubuntu 22.04

GNOME 42‘s new ConsoleAnd Text EditorApps can be installed in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

Don’t get too excited by that sentence, mind. Neither Consolenor Text Editor have bagged themselves a spot on Ubuntu’s (increasingly engorged) .iso. These tools are also available in Ubuntu 22.04’s repo.

To test them, all you have to do is run sudo apt install gnome-console gnome-text-editor (or take the scenic route by way of the Ubuntu Software app) and you’re away.

But are they any good?

Well, yes — but you have to keep in mind they aren’t designed to be power-user replacements.

Console & Text Editor

ConsoleAnd Text Editor are capable alternatives to Ubuntu’s default comparable, namely GNOME Terminal and Gedit. But they not 1:1 replacements; they’re designed to be simple, no-frills utilities that intentional forgo advanced bells and whistles in favour of a focused feature set — much like the GNOME desktop itself.

Those who live at command could find themselves in trouble. Console a little lacking, but I’d wager most users (myself included) would be hard pressed to notice anything “missing”. I use many CLI apps daily and manage all my package administration from the terminal. So far, ConsoleI have yet to be hiccupped or make an error.

GNOME 42’s new text editor is a bit of a different story. Built from scratch (albeit with a wee head-start owing to code from GNOME Builder) GNOME’s text editor has all of the features I’d expect a text editor to have — certainly enough to satisfy my main needs: editing .cssAnd .php files.

Text Editor is very efficient in saving work

Text Editor is Simple by design. It may seem lacking to the more ardent users. Gedit is for advanced users who want to make the most of all Gedit’s features. It’s a good app. GNOME’s alternative text editor is tailored to more humble use cases (ones like mine, I guess).

April’s release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is shaping up to be an interesting mix of GNOME components. It’s a good decision to have opt-in access to some of the most current libadwaita honed apps. Apps that use libadwaita are more prominent than apps with Yaru-themed themes, but the delta between Yaru & Adwaita is becoming less.

Anyway, this post was just to say: these apps are there, and you should try ’em out to see what you think!

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