There are many editors to chose from. Many people prefer Emacs. If you want Emacs to access remote files it will be an advantage to install one of the newer versions of Emacs.
This sounds hard but it is not! Go to the Emacs site and download it. If you want to use this vesion of Emacs only on your own machine, it will be best to place the downloaded files somewhere in the /scratch directory. Follow the installation instructions untill the step “make install”. Then you should have a fully functional version of Emacs in a directory called src.
Please provide feedback if these instructions don’t lead to succes, or if you have improvements for them.