GNOME Console and Text Editor apps on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

GNOME 42‘s new Console and Text Editor apps are available to install in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

Don’t get too excited by that sentence, mind. Neither Console nor Text Editor have bagged themselves a spot on Ubuntu’s (increasingly engorged) .iso. But both tools are, along with a bevvy of other GTK4/libadwaita ports, available to instal from the Ubuntu 22.04 repo.

All you have to do to try them out is run sudo apt install gnome-console gnome-text-editor (or take the scenic route by way of the Ubuntu Software app) and you’re away.

But are they actually any good?

Well, yes — but you have to keep in mind they aren’t designed to be power-user replacements.

Console & Text Editor

Console and Text Editor are capable alternatives to Ubuntu’s default comparable, namely GNOME Terminal and Gedit. But they not 1:1 replacements; they’re designed to be simple, no-frills utilities that intentional forgo advanced bells and whistles in favour of a focused feature set — much like the GNOME desktop itself.

Those who live at the command line could find Console a little lacking, but I’d wager most users (myself included) would be hard pressed to notice anything “missing”. I use a number of CLI apps daily, and handle all of my package management from the terminal. So far, Console has yet to throw a single errors or hiccup my way.

GNOME 42’s new text editor is a bit of a different story. Built from scratch (albeit with a wee head-start owing to code from GNOME Builder) GNOME’s text editor has all of the features I’d expect a text editor to have — certainly enough to satisfy my main needs: editing .css and .php files.

New GNOME console app on ubuntu 22.04 lts
Text Editor is very good about saving work

Text Editor is simple by design. It might, to more ardent eyes, appear lacking. But that is the point; advanced users who need to take advantage of everything Gedit offers are expected to keep using Gedit! It’s a good app. GNOME’s alternative text editor is tailored to more humble use cases (ones like mine, I guess).

Having access to some of the latest libadwaita-honed apps on Ubuntu 22.04 strictly on an opt-in basis is a welcome decision. And while apps using libadwaita do look a bit conspicuous amongst Yaru-themed peers, the delta between Yaru and Adwaita is increasingly slight.

Anyway, this post is just to say: these apps are available and you should try ’em out to see what you think!

Dev News console gnome 42 libadwaita Ubuntu 22.04 LTS