"I want to preface this article by saying, very simply, if you
are a programmer, a hard-core vi fan, someone looking to figure out
how to make more efficient your vi macros, Linus Torvalds, or
Richard M. Stallman - turn away now. Avert your eyes! If you do
not, the introductory-level information you will receive here might
very well steal, burn, or otherwise permanently damage your
"You've been warned.
"Now, back to our regularly-scheduled Linuxable.
"We continue our look into the Linux text editor by highlighting
one of the powerhouses of the bunch - vi. The vi editor came about
in 1976 at the hands of Bill Joy. This first release was used for
an early BSD UNIX. The name vi is a derivation of the command
visual, which was used to switch from the line editor ex to visual
mode. So vi = visual. Sort of."