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Depends on ho lightweight or heavy you want it. Here is my list, all of them are free as in beer, not all are GPL (ni idea what licence Eclipse had) but most do.

Starting with the light ones :

  • MC Yes, the good old Mignight Commander has a built in Editor with syntax highlighting that does quite a good job. It's based on nano and it's a 'normal' editor, meaning that you can move around the text with the cursors or the mouse. Console based but supports mouse.

  • Gedit Syntax highlighting and a few extras, quite good.

  • Kvim / Gvim Vim with a GTK / QT interface. Quite usable and extensible just as it's console based parent Vim.

  • Redcar That's a _real_ pure Ruby IDE!! Worth a try. Supports anything you may want in an IDE. It is distributed as a gem package and thus installed with: _gem install redcar_

  • Kate My Girl ;). Supports almost every language that you may think of. I haven't seen if it is also able to run and debug Ruby but I am sure it does: I used it as LaTeX authoring tool and I have yet to see something close as complete.

  • Anjuta Full Blown IDE, you can't get much more IDE that that. I assume it has even support for making tea gongfu cha style while coding but I have yet to find where it's hidden.

  • Eclipse Yes, Eclipse. Nuff said.

  • Emacs Not everybody's cup of tea but it has a Ruby Mayor mode, it can run the code, debug whatever you feed to it and do anything any other IDE / Editor can, including Eclipse... the learning curve is however steep and it may take as much time as learning the basics of Ruby and the Rails framework. In any case worth to mention.

Depends on ho how lightweight or heavy you want it. Here is my list, all of them are free as in beer, not all are GPL (ni idea what licence Eclipse had) but most do.

Starting with the light ones :

  • MC Yes, the good old Mignight Commander has a built in Editor with syntax highlighting that does quite a good job. It's based on nano and it's a 'normal' editor, meaning that you can move around the text with the cursors or the mouse. Console based but supports mouse.

  • Gedit Syntax highlighting and a few extras, quite good.

  • Kvim / Gvim Vim with a GTK / QT interface. Quite usable and extensible just as it's console based parent Vim.

  • Redcar That's a _real_ pure Ruby IDE!! Worth a try. Supports anything you may want in an IDE. It is distributed as a gem package and thus installed with: _gem install redcar_

  • Kate My Girl ;). Supports almost every language that you may think of. I haven't seen if it is also able to run and debug Ruby but I am sure it does: I used it as LaTeX authoring tool and I have yet to see something close as complete.

  • Anjuta Full Blown IDE, you can't get much more IDE that that. I assume it has even support for making tea gongfu cha style while coding but I have yet to find where it's hidden.

  • Eclipse Yes, Eclipse. Nuff said.

  • Emacs Not everybody's cup of tea but it has a Ruby Mayor mode, it can run the code, debug whatever you feed to it and do anything any other IDE / Editor can, including Eclipse... the learning curve is however steep and it may take as much time as learning the basics of Ruby and the Rails framework. In any case worth to mention.

Depends on how lightweight or heavy you want it. Here is my list, all of them are free as in beer, not all are GPL (ni idea what licence Eclipse had) but most do.

Starting with the light ones :

  • MC Yes, the good old Mignight Midnight Commander has a built in Editor with syntax highlighting that does quite a good job. It's based on nano and it's a 'normal' editor, meaning that you can move around the text with the cursors or the mouse. Console based but supports mouse.mouse. A good choice for a quick edit if you are working on the console.

  • Gedit Syntax highlighting and a few extras, quite good.

  • Kvim / Gvim Vim with a GTK / QT interface. Quite usable and extensible just as it's console based parent Vim.

  • Redcar That's a _real_ pure Ruby IDE!! Worth a try. Supports anything you may want in an IDE. It is distributed as a gem package and thus installed with: _gem install redcar_

  • Kate My Girl ;). Supports almost every language that you may think of. I haven't seen if it is also able to run and debug Ruby but I am sure it does: I used it as LaTeX authoring tool and I have yet to see something close as complete.

  • Anjuta Full Blown IDE, you can't get much more IDE that that. I assume it has even support for making tea gongfu cha style while coding but I have yet to find where it's hidden.

  • Eclipse Yes, Eclipse. Nuff said.

  • Emacs Not everybody's cup of tea but it has a Ruby Mayor mode, it can run the code, debug whatever you feed to it and do anything any other IDE / Editor can, including Eclipse... the learning curve is however steep and it may take as much time as learning the basics of Ruby and the Rails framework. In any case worth to mention.

Depends on how lightweight or heavy you want it. Here is my list, all of them are free as in beer, not all are GPL (ni idea what licence Eclipse had) but most do.

Starting with the light ones :

  • MC Yes, the good old Midnight Commander has a built in Editor with syntax highlighting that does quite a good job. It's based on nano and it's a 'normal' editor, meaning that you can move around the text with the cursors or the mouse. Console based but supports mouse. A good choice for a quick edit if you are working on the console.

  • Gedit Syntax highlighting and a few extras, quite good.

  • Kvim / Gvim Vim with a GTK / QT interface. Quite usable and extensible just as it's console based parent Vim.

  • Redcar That's a _real_ pure Ruby IDE!! Worth a try. Supports anything you may want in an IDE. It is distributed as a gem package and thus installed with: _gem install redcar_

  • Kate My Girl ;). Supports almost every language that you may think of. I haven't seen if it is also able to run and debug Ruby but I am sure it does: I used it as LaTeX authoring tool and I have yet to see something close as complete.

  • Anjuta Full Blown IDE, you can't get much more IDE that that. I assume suspect that it even has even support for making tea gongfu cha style while coding but I have yet to find where it's hidden.