Updated post here: https://codeyarns.github.io/tech/2015-03-11-how-to-set-font-in-gvim.html
The default text editor on Ubuntu is GEdit. This is a problem because, unlike Notepad on Windows, GEdit is quite heavy and takes a second or two to start up. A lot of times during work, what I need is a super-simple editor to throw text into, edit it and use as a text buffer between copy and paste. I used to use Notepad for this purpose on Windows. However, editors like GEdit or GVim are too heavy and bloated for this quick-n-dirty usage.
Thankfully, there is Leafpad. This is a very minimal, very light text editor written using GTK. It has the exact same features as Notepad: nothing. So, it starts in an instant whenever I need it and is quick to use and move around. If you need a Notepad replacement on Ubuntu, try Leafpad. If you do not have it, it can be easily installed from the Ubuntu repositories using the package name leafpad.
Tried with: Leafpad 0.8.18.1 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
The mouse can be used naturally in GVim. But, it would be useful to have some mouse functionality in Vim, running in terminal mode too. For example, to scroll the code or to change the size of split windows. This is a nice feature to have, almost all the time we are using the terminal inside a windowing system anyway.
Thankfully, Vim has functionality built-in to use the mouse in terminal mode. The mouse can be enabled by putting this line in your vimrc file:
Tried with: Vim 7.3