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Which do you prefer to use?
vi/vim 55%  55%  [ 6 ]
emacs 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
neither 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
I've only used one of them. 18%  18%  [ 2 ]
I like them both equally. 18%  18%  [ 2 ]
I don't know what this poll is about. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 11


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05 Nov 2016, 3:46 pm

This topic has probably already been posted, but let's do it again!

You can change your vote.

Masculinity and femininity are made up of gender roles and gender stereotypes; they are social constructs, not personal traits. No one is masculine and no one is feminine.


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05 Nov 2016, 3:59 pm



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05 Nov 2016, 4:12 pm

They each have their place.

I've never tried vim, but I use vi frequently. I also use emacs frequently.

One major advantage of vi is that it can be found on every Unix/Linux that I've ever tried. I've yet to see a Unix/Linux in which emacs is installed as part of the basic install. When installing OpenBSD on a server, I can use vi immediately to do various file configuration tasks

On the other hand, emacs is extensible and far more powerful.

One of my major development tools is a Dorio text terminal (made by DEC years ago) connected to an OpenBSD server. I can use both quite easily. To make emacs easier, I have configured several of the programmable keys (F1, F2, ... ) to handle some of the more common tasks such as searching.


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06 Nov 2016, 7:40 am

I use neither. I do my text editing in X, and the editor that I use is Geanie.

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