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The editor vim is a simple and universally available screen-oriented
editor. It is compatible with the vi editor that was available
with UNIX since antiquity. The vim editor has extensive
online documentation, and has its home page at the web address http://www.vim.org. The vim editor is available for all kinds of
machines and operating systems including Mac-OS, MS Windows and all
variants of UNIX.
The Vim file editor
Vim has a graphical version that is invoked by typing in gvim. This
is the recommended editor, especially for programmers. Using the mouse
and built-in menus the user can be productive in a few minutes.
It also has extensive built-in help.
There are two other resources that are helpful for learning editing in
- Use the command vimtutor for a 30 minute tutorial on effective editing
- Download the 2-page quick command reference from
The editor of choice of the authors is gvim.