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Linux Journal: Vi IMproved--Vim and Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2

Sep 01, 2001, 20:09 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

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"When you type vi on most Linux boxes, you're likely to get Vim. This is a good thing, but until now nobody has written a book that covers the features Vim has over vi.

Steve Oualline to the rescue. Some readers wrote in to say that Steve changed their lives with his article 'That's Vimprovement! A Better vi' in our February issue. It's wonderful to be a part of bringing such a wonderful transformation to you people, and Steve's new book brings even more Vim knowledge to the masses.

Thank the book gods that it didn't come bundled with a CD-ROM. I hope this is a trend--book publishers should stop including software that will probably be obsolete for most of the book's shelf life. If this book should be bundled with anything, it's the new Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2 from PFU America. We used the QWERTY version, but there are also Dvorak and Japanese versions.

Vim enhances the original vi so you can edit faster, but the Happy Hacking series of keyboards removes features to achieve the same goal. There's no top row of function keys or anything right of Enter. Escape moves down to just left of the number one, which is why we're mentioning this keyboard in an review of a book about Vim--there'll be no more 'Mom, can you make me some sandwiches? I'm going to go hit Escape today, be back for dinner.' The missing keys are available with Fn, so you can still do a SysRq if you need to."

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