[Beowulf] [OT] EMACS vs VI

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Thu Feb 17 08:19:32 PST 2011

shades of editor wars from ...  decades ago ...

e2 and e3 (a programming editor at IBM TJ Watson, never made it out the 
door as far as I remember, though OS2 had some build variant of it built 
in), was amazing.  Pretty good by todays standards.

If I'm remote, no higher bandwidth link, I'll use vim, pico/nano, or vi. 
  If there is a higher bandwidth connection, I've used nedit (wrote a 
thesis in an earlier version), and am largely switching to kate .  I 
just could never grok emacs.  I could get TeX and LaTeX, and many other 
arcane things.  I just couldn't get my mind around emacs.  Or vi for 
that matter.  I am ok with it, but after 20+ years using it, I am 
*still* dangerous with it.  I am thankful for the undo feature in vim.

kate is the closest thing to a good editor I've used since e2.  e2 just 
rocked.  This was 1985-ish or so, and it still was good by todays 
standards.  Never made it out the door though.

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