When comparing Kakoune vs nano, the Slant community recommends Kakoune for most people. In the question“What are the best programming text editors?” Kakoune is ranked 33rd while nano is ranked 36th. The most important reason people chose Kakoune is:
Kakoune provides a very expressive set of commands, including various objects selection (paragraph, blocks, words), alignment support, conditional selection filtering... This set of command is expressive enough to implement all the provided auto indentation logic.
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Pro Very expressive
Kakoune provides a very expressive set of commands, including various objects selection (paragraph, blocks, words), alignment support, conditional selection filtering...
This set of command is expressive enough to implement all the provided auto indentation logic.
Pro Will be familiar to vim users
Kakoune first started as a rewrite from scratch of vim, but then ended up being another text editor altogether. So it's inspired in a lot of ways from vim.
Pro Text selection mechanism
Kakoune works on selections, which are oriented, inclusive range of characters, selections have an anchor and a cursor character. Most commands move both of them, except when extending selection where the anchor character stays fixed and the cursor one moves around.
Pro Actively developed and supported
Pro More modern than vim
Pro Good UNIX citizen
It follows the UNIX philosophy by doing one thing well (text editing) and interfaces nicely with other CLI tools.
Pro Built-in cheat sheet for shortcuts
All command characters are shown at the bottom of the editor.
Pro Easy to use
Nano includes only the bare minimum of functionality needed to edit documents making it very simple.
Con Lack of options/ability to customize
The ability to customize Kakoune are currently quite limited. Everything is hard coded, and there is a lack of options to choose from.
Con Small community
Con Limited feature set
While nano is fine for writing emails and blog posts, it's probably not a good editor for programmers or really anyone that needs an editor more than once in a while.
Con Individual keybindings
You have to learn keybindings especially for Nano.