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Re: [vox-tech] First impressions of Slackware 10.0 (Hi, Bill!)
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Re: [vox-tech] First impressions of Slackware 10.0 (Hi, Bill!)

Quoting Margo Schulter (mschulter@calweb.com):

> Hi, everyone, and I'm online for the first time with a version of the new
> Slackware Linux 10.0 release called ZipSlack. Bill, you asked about gpm
> and screen, and I'll comment on those in a bit, remarking for now that one
> of these programs seemed to be less my strong suit than vi -- to which I'm
> new, being accustomed to GNU Emacs 19.31 or Pico, but am using for my
> SysAdmin stuff. More specifically that's Elvis, a kind of "vi meets the
> 21st century and HTML."

The great thing about Elvis is that, if your system reboots with a file
being edited still open, upon system relaunch you get e-mail from Elvis!
Now, did your DOS system ever send you e-mail from The King, I ask you?

When you have time, and if you're still doing vi experimentation, do
have a look at Vim (Vi IMproved, by Bram Moolenaar).  On the minus side,
it's larger, and has some extensions that aren't wholly compatible with
original vi.  (":set cp" enables compatibility mode, in which vim is
bug-for-bug compatible with nvi.  ":set nocp" turns on Vim extensions.)
On the plus side, it has many improvements.  (I'm a vim fan.)

Depending on your background with prior editors, you might like jstar
(WordStar keybindings), which is actually the WordStar emulation mode of
"joe" (Joe's Own Editor).

Any vi will have a steep learning curve.  The gain is that you can be
assured that it'll always available in some variant on any *ix system,
and thus you'll always be able to do basic administration, there.  Thus,
sysadmins often gravitate towards vi.  Coders often gravitate towards
emacs, as it is a comfortable environment for pretty much all coder
Cheers,           find / -user your -name base -print | xargs chown us:us
Rick Moen
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