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VIM run from terminal. EMACS, to me, seems like... something alien....
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    VIM run from terminal. EMACS, to me, seems like... something alien.
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    Emacs. As I've said before, you can't spell evil without VI.
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    Vi(m)

    You must be double jointed to use Emacs :shudders: it's the key combos that make my fingers hurt, I dunno it's just odd to me. The GUI Emacs is a bit of a joke too.. I want to edit a file, not play Tetris! Vi is by far superior, but I'm actually a bit more of a Nano person myself. Regarding strictly Vi vs. Emacs, it has to be Vi.
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    vi at the moment, still practicing, don't get much time with 4 rugrats

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    Quote Originally Posted by techieMoe
    Emacs. As I've said before, you can't spell evil without VI.
    Tsk... Some people really dó have bad taste!

    Can we start the flame wars now?
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    I use vi, because I got used to it back in the days when I had to use all sorts of *nix equipment (Sun, SGI, NeXT, HP, DEC, various terminals). These machines all had different keyboards. These keyboards sometimes had no arrow keys or the arrow keys didn't work. There may or may not be "Alt" keys, and they could be in weird locations.

    With vi, all I had to find was the "escape" key (or equivalent). Once I had that, I could get working.

    I continue to use vi simply because I'm used to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borromini
    Can we start the flame wars now?
    I'm pleasantly surprised that they haven't started already. We seem to have remembered that things like this are completely subjective and up to the individual person's aesthetic tastes. Good show.
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    Vi all the way, although I think joe is pretty good too.
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    Emacs. As I've said before, you can't spell evil without VI.
    Oh brother...

    I will quote one author I read:

    You should make an serious attempt to learn one of the two de facto standard UNIX text editors, vi and EMACS. Most UNIX wizards are religious about their choice of editor. Don't listen to them. Instead choose for yourself. [...]
    Ward, B. in "How Linux works"

    However, how am I going to listen to TechieMoe ever again and believe in what he says? He doesn't even discuss the matter of editors on his webpage which leads me to conclude...

    OK, I wont even get there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by daacosta
    Emacs. As I've said before, you can't spell evil without VI.
    Oh brother...
    They both have their strengths. I wouldn't use emacs to do a quick edit of a configuration file, and I wouldn't use VI to program a Legend of the Red Dragon clone. If nano or pico aren't installed, I'll grudgingly use vi. I did learn enough of it to be useful.
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