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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You can try AbiWord.
Don't forget that wine provides Wordpad by default. First install wine and then type the following in a terminal:
LibreOffice Writer can be used on rtf files. You can read more about it here.
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.
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)
Ctrl + Bfaster or using