When comparing Kakoune vs pico, the Slant community recommends Kakoune for most people. In the question“What are the best terminal editors?” Kakoune is ranked 12th while pico is ranked 14th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro More modern than vim
Pro Actively developed and supported
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 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 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 Good UNIX citizen
It follows the UNIX philosophy by doing one thing well (text editing) and interfaces nicely with other CLI tools.
Pro Easy to use
Pico includes only the bare minimum of functionality needed to edit documents making it very simple.
Pro Built-in cheat sheet for shortcuts
All command characters are shown at the bottom of the editor.
Con Small community
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 No way to override command characters
Characters such as ^D, ^T, ^L, etc will always be interpreted as commands and there's no way to write them in text.
Con Lacks some commonly expected functionality even for a basic editor
Pico lacks search and replace functionality as well as the ability to work work with multiple files at the same time.