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GNU Nano 3.0 claims to read files 70% better with improved ASCII text handling

The Linux landscape is undergoing changes and developments constantly. Fresh distro releases, updates, kernels and apps keep appearing continuously. This week also Linux released several updates including a significant new version of the open source text editor known as Nano 3.0, code named as “Water Flowing Underground”. GNU Nano is one of the most famous and efficient text editors that are terminal based. It is extremely convenient for beginners who need to deal with command line editing. Experience Nano users are able to gain even more advantages from it. The latest version GNU Nano 3.0 comes with various major improvements.

According to GNU Nano news, the new version of GNU Nano 3.0 has a better file reading speed than before and gives 70% better reading speed. Not only this, the text editor also has a better ASCII text handling speed which is almost double than before. Some other significant improvements are tweaks are as follows:  ·

  • changes the way words at line boundaries are deleted, ·
  • makes <Ctrl+Delete> wipe the next word and <Ctrl+Shift+Delete> the preceding word, ·
  • binds M-Q to ‘findprevious’ by default (the Tabs-to-Spaces toggle is placed on M-O, and the More-Space toggle is fully removed),·
  • makes an external spell check undoable, ·
  • shows the correct number of lines on the status bar when opening multiple files, ·
  • removes the ‘formatter’ command, ·
  • removes the ‘search again’ bindable function (M-W is now bound to ‘find next’ by default), ·
  • moves the No-Convert toggle to the Insert menu, ·
  • removes the Backup and New-Buffer toggles from the main menu (they remain in the Write-Out and Insert menus, respectively), ·
  • is more precise in what it accepts as a rebindable key name, ·
  • ignores any presses of <Esc> before a valid command keystroke, ·
  • recognizes some more escape sequences for modified editing-pad keys, ·
  • does not hide rcfile error messages on a Linux console, ·
  • renames the bindable functions ‘copytext’ to ‘copy’ and ‘uncut’ to ‘paste’, ·
  • avoids a possible hang during a Full-Justify.

This new update from Linux is expected to be available soon to all the major distros of Linux.

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