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GNU nano 2.8.6 was released
     posted by bens, Sun 23 Jul 2017 03:23:59 PM UTC - 0 replies

This version brings the ability to do softwrapping at whitespace (via the option --atblanks on the command line or 'set atblanks' in your nanorc, together with the softwrap option). Apart from that new feature, just a few tiny fixes.

GNU nano 2.8.2 was released
     posted by bens, Thu 04 May 2017 10:12:05 AM UTC - 0 replies

This version makes the built-in help texts searchable (with ^W). This is useful chiefly in the main help text -- when the user forgot how to scroll without moving the cursor, for example, or how to insert a keystoke verbatim. Apart from that, this release fixes a few small or unlikely bugs.

GNU nano 2.8.0 was released
     posted by bens, Sun 02 Apr 2017 10:54:55 AM UTC - 0 replies

This version of nano changes the way softwrap works: the <Up> and <Down> cursor keys now move through visual rows instead of jumping between logical lines. And nano now makes use of gnulib, to get rid of some custom shims and to avoid the need for new ones. The use of gnulib has increased the size of nano's tarball by some thirty percent, but... in lines of code this is the smallest nano since 2.2.0.

GNU nano 2.7.2 was released
     posted by bens, Wed 14 Dec 2016 05:12:58 PM UTC - 0 replies

After 2.7.1 bringing line numbers, this version brings a word completion feature (bound to Ctrl+] by default) and also fixes a few small bugs. So... there is no need to upgrade, but it won't hurt.

GNU nano 2.7.0 was released
     posted by bens, Mon 05 Sep 2016 06:37:53 PM UTC - 0 replies

The first nano where you can select text by holding Shift together with the movement keys. (This doesn't work on all terminal emulators, but works fine on a Linux consolse, on an xterm, and on a Gnome Terminal. If you have problems on your terminal, maybe you can configure things differently. Otherwise, ask its developers to make those key combos configurable.)

Now on Twitter and Facebook and Happy 10th Birthday nano
     posted by astyanax, Fri 20 Nov 2009 10:21:39 PM UTC - 0 replies

You can now follow nano on Twitter ( or become a fan on Facebook ( and receive updates about recent nano releases and our recent 10 year anniversary!

Nano development status
     posted by astyanax, Fri 07 Mar 2008 04:33:51 AM UTC - 0 replies

GNU nano 2.0.7 was released on December 20th, 2007.

On that same day, David Lawrence Ramsey stepped down as nano's maintainer. All of us express our sincerest appreciation to David for his years of dedication and contributions to the project, ...

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GNU nano 1.2.0 released!
     posted by jordi, Thu 20 Feb 2003 10:15:28 AM UTC - 0 replies

The GNU nano team is proud to announce the new stable version 1.2 of their easy to use text editor, after more than a year of development. Improvements include multibuffer editing, nanorc support for easier customization, enhanced help, syntax highlighting, DOS/Mac file type conversion, generation of backup files, search/replace history and more.

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