"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
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