vi /V-I/, *not* /vi:/ and *never* /siks/ /n./
[from `Visual Interface'] A screen editor crufted together by Bill
Joy for an early BSD release. Became the de facto
standard Unix editor and a nearly undisputed hacker favorite
outside of MIT until the rise of EMACS after about 1984.
Tends to frustrate new users no end, as it will neither take
commands while expecting input text nor vice versa, and the default
setup provides no indication of which mode the editor is in (one
correspondent accordingly reports that he has often heard the
editor's name pronounced /vi:l/). Nevertheless it is still
widely used (about half the respondents in a 1991 Usenet poll
preferred it), and even EMACS fans often resort to it as a mail
editor and for small editing jobs (mainly because it starts up
faster than the bulkier versions of EMACS). See holy wars.
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