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9 Excellent Open Source Configuration Management Applications
This software automates the configuration of machines to a particular state. Like any other tools, they are designed to solve specific problems in certain ways. The goal is to get a system from whatever state it is in, into the desired state. Configuration management software are the tools of choice for many system administrators and devops professionals.

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  • gEdit
    gedit is the official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Features include: Full support for internationalized text (UTF-8), Configurable syntax highlighting for various languages (C, C++, Java, HTML, XML, Python, Perl, etc.), Undo/Redo, with configurable levels, Loading files from remote locations, File reverting, Print and print preview support. Read more hot
  • SciTE
    SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. It is best used for jobs with simple configurations. Read more hot
  • assoGiate
    assoGiate is an editor for the GNOME MIME file types database. It allows users and administrators to customize the detection and presentation of file types by GNOME and other environments. It supports all the elements of the shared-mime-info specification.
  • Beaver
    An Early AdVanced EditoR, for both Linux and Windows; in other words, it's a text editor that is intended to be light-weight, but full of useful features for programming.
  • CodeAssistor Editor
    The CodeAssistor Editor is a programming editor that can be useful for editing C/C++, Objective C/C++, Makefiles, Java, SQL, TXT, PHP, Bash, Batch, Perl, Python, Flex, and Bison.
  • cssed
    CSSED is a small developer editor and validator, that tries to ease the CSS editing. It is an Open Source project, it means that you can download the program but also its source. It features syntax highlighting, syntax validation, MDI notebook based interface, quick CSS properties and values insertion, auto-completion and dialog-based insertion of CSS complex values.
  • DEE Excellent Editor
    DEE Excellent Editor is a simple source code editor with syntax highlighting for many languages and a file browser panel for quickly selecting files. It can open files from the local system or directly from an FTP server.
  • Dockboard
    Dockboard is an outline editor created for authors writing books, articles, and other published works. It provides the ability to organize small to large documents.
  • Eddie
    Eddie is a programmer's editor for Mac OS X and Linux, inspired by MPW.
  • gCSVedit
    gCSVedit is a small and simple text editor to edit CSV files.
  • Geany
    Geany is a small and lightweight integrated development environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages. Another goal was to be as independent as possible from a special Desktop Environment like KDE or GNOME. So it is using only the GTK2 toolkit and therefore you need only the GTK2 runtime libraries to run Geany. Read more
  • gedit-pair-char-autocomplete
    gedit-pair-char-autocomplete is a gedit plugin that automatically inserts a closing parenthesis ) whenever an opening parenthesis ( is typed.
  • gedit-tm-autocomplete
    gedit-tm-autocomplete is a simple Gedit plugin that provides TextMate-style autocompletion.
  • Gettext Translator
    Gettext Translator is an editor for *.po files, which are used by gettext. It includes a spellchecker and plural forms support.
  • ghost_edit
    ghost_edit is a simple GTK-based host file editor.
  • Glimmer
    Glimmer is a full featured code editor with many advanced features, including scripting integration via Python. Glimmer has syntax highlighting support for the following languages: Bash/Sh, C/C++, HTML, Java, Latex, GNU Make, Perl, PHP, PO (Language Translation), Python, Scheme (guile, lisp, etc), SGML, SQL, WML, XML, and Z80 Assembly.
  • gnotepad+
    gnotepad+ is an easy-to-use, yet fairly feature-rich, simple HTML and text editor for Unix based systems running X11 and using GTK (the Gimp ToolKit) and/or GNOME. gnotepad+ was designed to have as little bloat as possible, while still providing many of the common features found in a modern GUI-based text editor. It is still fairly light-weight, especially for the features it offers, and aims to remain that way.
  • Gobby
    Gobby is a free collaborative editor based on libobby, a library which provides synced document buffers. It supports multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix-like platforms. Read more
  • gPDFText
    gPDFText is a text editor for GTK+ that opens PDF documents for ebook readers, converts the text contents into plain ASCII text, restores the original paragraphs and removes unwanted line breaks to allow easier zooming on the reader.
  • gPHPEdit
    A GNOME2 editor that was dedicated to editing PHP files (and other supporting files like HTML/CSS).
  • gsieve
    gsieve is for Sieve scripts. It has been designed with usability in mind and features a (hopefully) easy to use GTK GUI. It has full i18n support (current languages: English, German) and uses autoconf / automake to ease installation.
  • GTK2 Text Editor
    GTK2 Text Editor is a simple text editor which supports Unicode. It is especially suitable for editing multilingual XML and HTML texts (It can automatically close XML/HTML tags). It is also a nice Notepad replacement. It supports many encodings (and so can be used as a text encodings converter).
  • gtkedit1
    Gtkedit is a simple editor, written using the GTK+ 1.2 toolkit. It aims to be (in that order) light, useful and simple (source code-wise). It has nearly all the features of Windows 2000' notepad, and its binary is less than 30KB.
  • gWrite
    gWrite is a simple open source GTK+ HTML5 WYSIWYG editor, focusing on writing and simple text formating. This application can automatically generate a table of contents based on the document structure. Read more
  • Ibid's Editor
    Ibid's Editor is an editor for xanalogical text. Ibid's Editor supports both reuse tracking and deep content links with useful visualizations.
  • Katoob
    Katoob is a lightweight, multi lingual, BIDI-aware text editor based on the Gtk+ 2 library. It supports opening and saving files in multiple encodings. The main support was for Arabic language but more languages are currently supported.
  • KKEdit
    KKEdit is a text editor combining Mac?s BBEdit, Gedit and Leafpad
  • Komodo Edit
    Komodo Edit is a fast, smart, free and open-source code editor. It is a multi-platform, multi-language editor (PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl and Tcl, JavaScript, CSS, HTML and template languages like RHTML, Template-Toolkit, HTML-Smarty and Django). Read more
  • L3afpad
    L3afpad is a simple GTK+ text editor that emphasizes simplicity. As development focuses on keeping weight down to a minimum, only the most essential features are implemented in the editor. L3afpad is simple to use, is easily compiled, requires few libraries, and starts up quickly.
  • Leafpad
    Leafpad is a GTK+ based simple text editor. The user interface is similar to Notepad. It aims to be lighter than GEdit and KWrite, and to be as useful as them
  • ManEdit
    ManEdit is a UNIX manual page editor and viewer, it is designed specifically for the editing of the UNIX manual page format using an integrated XML interface.
  • ManyaPad
    A simple text editor for X in Linux. It uses the GNOME and GTK libraries.
  • medit
    mooedit is a text editor which features configurable syntax highlighting, configurable keyboard accelerators, support for multiple platforms, plugins (which can be written in C or Python), incremental searching, regular expression search/replace, grep and find frontends, and a built-in file selector. Configurable tools are available from the main and context menus. These tools can be written in Python, as shell scripts, or in MooScript, a simple builtin scripting language.
  • MlView
    The MlView project is an ongoing effort to develop an xml editor for GNOME environment. It is written in C and uses the gnome libraries (libxml2, gtk+, libgnome*, etc).
  • Moleskine
    Moleskine is a source code editor for the GNOME desktop written in Python. Moleskine uses the multi platform Scintilla editing widget, wrapped in GtkScintilla to provide Python bindings and a nicer, GTK-like API.
  • Mousepad
    Mousepad is a simple text editor for the Xfce desktop environment.
  • opDeveloper
    A multiple-file editor with syntax highlighting.
  • pyme
    pyme is a minimalistic GUI editor written in Python / GTK. Its feature list is intentionally limited to creating, opening, editing, and saving files.
  • Scribes
    Scribes is a text editor for GNOME. It is simple and easy to use. Scribes allows you to focus entirely on your tasks. It ensures that monotonous operations, such as saving your files regularly, are handled automatically and properly. With Scribes, your workflow is never interrupted, and your files are always safe. Read more
  • Secluded Notes
    Secluded Notes is a simple text editor that keeps each document as a part of its own executable.
  • TEA for Linux
    A modest and simple GTK-based editor realeased under GPL. It has not any dependenciess except GTK+ 2 and a modern version of GCC. Read more
  • VEE
    VEE is based on the VIM under GNOME environment, and VEE has the VIM, X terminal and SSH client. VEE can open VIM, X terminal as a new TAB in gtk notebook. VEE is tightly integrated with GNOME
  • Wemed
    Wemed is a WEbkit-based Mime EDitor. It can view, edit, and create documents in MIME format. This includes email messages (.eml files) and MIME HTML archives (.mht or .mhtml files).
  • xed
    xed is a small and lightweight text editor. xed supports most standard editing features, plus several not found in your average text editor (plugins being the most notable of these).
  • XMLEditor
    An editor for XML. It is based on a simplified DOM 1.0 specification to interact with packed widgets.
  • Zim
    Zim is a WYSIWYG text editor written in Gtk2-Perl It aims to bring the concept of a wiki to your desktop. Every page is saved as a text file with wiki markup. Pages can contain links to other pages, and are saved automatically. Creating a new page is as easy as linking to a non-existing page. This tool is intended to keep track of TODO lists or to serve as a personal scratch book.

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