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I typed vim into my Xubuntu 13.04 and found that there is no vim installed and that there are multiple available packages including vim-tiny, vim-athena, vim-gtk.. What are the difference ...
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    I typed vim into my Xubuntu 13.04 and found that there is no vim installed and that there are multiple available packages including vim-tiny, vim-athena, vim-gtk.. What are the difference in these? I Google it and found that it is the difference in their working environment and NO Usability differences. Can you explain this on detail? I would like to install vim-athena... Thank you...

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    It was one of the sites that I visited. Anyway, thank you...

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    just go ahead then, install it!

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    All I can say is the vi(m) that come with some distro is a basic package and typically enough for most. At my last gig our build sheet included installing the full vim on all machines for developers and SysAdmin. It's not that large a package I would just install it and know whatever you might need is there.

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    Both vim-gtk and vim-athena are gui based version of vim. The "athena" one used the "athema" widget set (from about 1985) and the "gtk" uses "gtk" widgets (much more modern look).

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    Yes, I'm a little surprised to see it mentioned. As I recall, it's primary use was as an alternative to motif back when motif was a commercial library for the various unices.

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    Yes, that is correct.

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    vim-athena is way too outdated.. How to Uninstall only the gui part and change to vim-gtk?

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    sudo apt-get remove vim-athena
    sudo apt-get install vim-gtk

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