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All I need is a simple text editor that is able to do simple formatting (bold, italic, underline, list).

Given my situation, what is the best solution for editing RTF in linux?

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Have you found a CLI editor that handles RTF? –  Alex Feinman Dec 27 '11 at 18:14
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You can try AbiWord.

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meh, it's still too overkill for my needs –  ariefbayu Oct 27 '09 at 9:31
    
hmm.. on second though, I can hide most of it's UI (toolbars, statusbar, etc). I can use abiword for simple RTF editing and oowriter for heavy editing. Thank you. –  ariefbayu Oct 27 '09 at 9:33
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Don't forget that wine provides Wordpad by default. First install wine and then type the following in a terminal:

wine wordpad
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For the CLI use catdoc. Since this is superuser.com I'm assuming you know how to install it. For a GUI approach I know LibreOffice can view .rtf, but I also think Abiword will work.

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LibreOffice Writer can be used on rtf files. You can read more about it here.

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Maybe Ted would be an appropriate choice in that case.

However, I am curious as to know what your usecase is for using RTF (instead of, say, HTML with a plain text editor)

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Wikipedia link (don't forget to add the trailing ")") en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_(word_processor) –  jhominal Oct 27 '09 at 9:58
    
Hi, I've tried Ted before. But, it's buggy. My usecase is, I sometime edit my notes on windows, which is easy using wordpad. –  ariefbayu Oct 31 '09 at 1:35
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