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The Register: Bill Joy's Greatest Gift to Man--The vi Editor

Sep 13, 2003, 02:30 (33 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ashlee Vance)

"Out of all of Bill Joy's contributions to technology, users appear most fond of one of the simplest - the vi editor.

"Joy leaves a lasting legacy of work both in the general technology domain and at Sun Microsystems. The Sun co-founder announced this week that he is leaving the company. Among Joy's list of achievements are BSD Unix, NFS, UltraSPARC designs and some work on Java. But it's vi, created in 1976, that really captured Reg readers' hearts.

"'Bill's greatest gift to mankind was left off his list of achievements (in your article)... the vi editor,' writes reader Matthew Hawkins in Australia. 'I can live without NFS, Java and related technologies. I'm not sure if I can live without vi...'"

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