vim is Vi-IMproved, a free (charity's) vi text editor clone with many
extensions and great features such as multi-level undo, multiple file
windows and buffers, flexible insert mode (use the arrow keys to move
while in insert mode), visual mode (execute commands on highlighted
areas of text), block operators (operate on rectangular blocks of text),
folding, and an online help system. Vim is well worth a try, even if you
hate vi (try easy mode: vim -y or gvim -y), and especially if you love vi
but would like to eliminate some of vi's limitations, such as limited line
length or one command undo.
There is quite a big selection for texteditors available. And there is also a big selection
that seems to be easier to use than vim. The only problem about that is that it only seems
to be so, especially at the start...
Why I am writing this? Well... Try to handle bigger files within gnotepad, pico, kedit or
what else lurks around there. It's quite impossible to navigate simple and fast within those...
Yes, there are other powerful editors like emacs (but that one wastes resources like hell), jed
and so on, but those aren't available on (almost) all (unix-like) systems. You can quite surely
bet on vi or a clone being available. And within most linux-distributions it is the default
replacement for vi, not just because its 99% and up compatibility to vi.
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