Retext is a great MarkDown editor for beginners and is widely available on the Linux platform.
Retext features that are most valuable to me are the display of files in split view and PDF export. It’s a solid editor for both MarkDown and plain text files and I think it’s great for beginners to check the MarkDown syntax right away.
Having said that, it’s much like Mou, my favourite MarkDown editor on Mac OS X, but not as feature rich.
Features I’d love to see in Retext
- custom CSS for PDF export
- theming support for the editor itself
- changing the “copy HTML” functionality so it only exports the body, without surrounding
Retext is available in most package managers, called
retext, so for Debian / Ubuntu you would run:
sudo apt-get install retext
On Arch Linux you currently have to remember to install
python-markdown with it, since it is not automatically required as a dependency:
sudo yaourt -S markdown-python retext