In 1976, Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and BSD Unix hacker, needed a text editor that would work over a 300 baud modem connection. Emacs wouldn’t do. As Joy has said, “The people doing Emacs were sitting in labs at MIT with what were essentially fibre-channel links to the host, in contemporary terms.” So, he created vi, and thus began the longest tech flame war in history.
Today, most of us use graphical text editors, but many developers still use vi, or its modern clone Vim, or Emacs, and they’re as passionate about their choice of editors as ever. I’m not sure why since vi is clearly the better choice.
After almost 40 years of development, there’s not a lot left to be improved in Vim. But, after a decade, some things needed changing. So it is that Vim 8 has just been released.
This release is not just obscure bug fixes. It also includes significant improvements.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht