Two decades of productivity: Vim’s 20th anniversary

“The earliest version of Vim was developed on the Amiga by Bram
Moolenaar in 1988. Moolenaar was dissatisfied with the vi clones
that were available for the Amiga platform and set out to make one
that came closer to matching vi’s feature set. He based his new
editor on Stevie, which he has said was the best Amiga-compatible
vi clone at the time.

The first version of Vim that was released to the general public
was 1.14, which was published on November 2, 1991. It was
distributed on Fish Disk #591, one of the disks in Fred Fish’s
Amiga freeware collection. Following its public debut, users began
contributing patches.

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