Join Scott Simpson for an in-depth discussion in this video What is nano?, part of Up and Running with nano.
- Nano is a lightweight text editor that comes pre-installed on many Linux distributions and the Mac OS X. Nano is based on the Pico editor developed at the University of Washington. But since the license for the Pico software is not suitable for some Open Source distributions, Nano has mostly replaced it. Nano is licensed under the GNU General Public License. Nano's popular among system administrators for its ease of use and near ubiquity across various platforms. While there's a contingent of people out there that maintain loyalty to VIM or Emacs, the learning curve for Nano is much more approachable than the other two and when you just need to jump in and edit a CON file or tweak a line of code, Nano is great.
Nano isn't a word processor however. So it can't read documents or print text to a PDF or a printer. The experience of using Nano is pretty consistent across different platforms and in this course I'll be using Ubuntu, but you can follow along with Mac OS X or Windows.
- Installing nano
- Editing and searching for text
- Saving files
- Using Undo and Spell Check
- Customizing nano