TextEdit, MousePad and LeafPad
TextEdit is an odd little application that uses a vertical toolbar-type menu sitting outside the text editing window. It supports RTF format, which allows it to include non-text features like kerning and color. Each new document comes up in full page view in a separate window which can be minimized to a small square icon at the bottom of the screen. The Choosing Help brought up no response.
The TextEdit About box assigns copyright only for 1995-96, which would make this one of the oldest programs still available for Linux. TextEdit is quirky and interesting, but not powerful enough to provide any real competition for newer programs.
TextEdit - where's the menu? Oh, there it is!
MousePad is about as simple as a text editor can get. Line numbers, word wrap and a choice of font are the only settings. It can also jump to a specified line number. There's no help system - who needs help when it's as easy as this?
LeafPad seems to be MousePad with the addition of a Print Preview option. They share a common origin, as both are credited to code by Tarot Osuji.
MousePad and LeafPad - spot the difference
Which is for you? Why not start with something simple like LeafPad and work your way up when you run out of options? Apart from GVim and Scribes, all these applications are all user friendly enough to make testing them easy. And if you don't find that killer feature which you're looking for -- well, you can always write your own!