Linked by Gabe Yoder on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:51 UTC
FreeBSD We've all heard the age old argument second only to the vi vs. emacs religious wars: FreeBSD Vs Linux. As a long time linux user, I decided that is was time I spent some time on the other side of the fence to see if it was any greener. Oh, and by the way, vi rules.
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vi on freebsd
by mike_c on Wed 12th Nov 2003 01:00 UTC

The beauty of using vi on fbsd is that it is real vi. All of the linux distro's I've tried use vim, or some GNU hybrid that doesn't always work as advertised. This means it it (a) it actually behaves like the books/tutorials tell you it does, (b) it is a true binary editor, (c) it is deeply integrated with the system (d) it's always available, including on boot/rescue disks. (e) you don't have to install another programme (ie pine) to use it. I must confess I hated vi at first because it is anything but intuitive, but I couldn't do without it nowadays. For an excellent intro to vi on freebsd, have a look at Dru Levigne's tutorial at http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/bsd/2001/10/25/FreeBSD_Basics.html