When comparing Kakoune vs Cudatext, the Slant community recommends Cudatext for most people. In the question“What are the best programming text editors?” Cudatext is ranked 37th while Kakoune is ranked 44th.
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 Addons can be developed in Python
Pro Addon manager
Useful built-in addon manager.
Pro Many programming languages supported for syntax highlighting
About ~180 programming languages supported at the time of writing either built-in or can be added easily with the addon manager.
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.