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It has gained popularity since its initial use in that context and is now used as a stand-alone editor by many users.
It is similar to but less powerful than GNU Nano, an editor created with the pico interface when the pico license was non-free.
pico(1) pico(1) Name pico - simple text editor in the style of the Alpine Composer Syntax pico [ options ] [ file ] Description Pico is a simple, display-oriented text editor based on the Alpine message system composer. As with Alpine, commands are displayed at the bottom of the screen, and context-sen more»
alpine (2.02+dfsg-2) unstable; urgency=low * Adding patch from Geoffrey Thomas to disable broken phone- home functionality. (Thank you!) (Closes: #631758) * Adding dependency on mlock so that alpine no longer warns the user about permissions on /var/spool/mail (or /var/mail). (In theory, this new dependency is only required if you are using an mbox file, but since reading syst more»
This is the Debian GNU/Linux package for the alpine mail and news reader. Earlier versions of alpine came directly from the University of Washington. Since development there has stopped, this package uses the re-alpine project <http://sourceforge.net/projects/re-alpine>'s current tarball. Some files have been removed to comply with the Debian Free Software Guidelines. See Debian bug #641479 <htt more»