Linux User Space

How did your favorite Linux distribution get its start? Join us and find out! Linux User Space is hosted by Leo and Dan, and every two weeks we deep dive into the history of Linux distributions and the things that matter to us. Episodes drop every other Monday.


Episode 3:05: How to Exit Vim

Coming up in this episode

  1. Vim stories
  2. The quick history of vi and vim
  3. A snappy Mozilla watch
  4. Gnome can toggle too
  5. We take a sip of Cider

0:00 Cold Open
1:48 vim Stories
12:05 vi & vim History
22:13 A Few More Thoughts on vim
39:28 A Snappy Mozilla Watch
42:22 New Features to Gnome
52:19 Feedback
58:23 Community Focus: DistroTube
1:00:32 App Focus: Cider
1:05:33 Next Time: Clear Linux
1:07:35 Stinger

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History Series on Text Editors - vi and vim
  • vi (Pronounced V, I)
  • vim
  • vi wikipedia page
  • Vim wikipedia page
  • George Colouris
  • Bill Joy
  • ADM-3A Terminal and the keyboard layout
  • Bill also hacked together a temporary, intermediary editor
  • 1987 - A limited vi clone STEVIE, the ST Editor for VI Enthusiasts, was born.
  • 1988 - Bram Moolenaar took the source for STEVIE and ported it to the Amiga which marked the first release of Vim. It was also known as the "wq text editor" at the time. Most folks take the acronym to mean vi Improved, but originally, it stood for vi Imitation. It took on the Improved meaning later in 1993 around version 2.
  • Bram Moolenaar
  • Bram's Web page
  • elvis
  • nvi was born
  • The original vi source code was released as open source.
  • 2020 - Fedora switches from Vim to nano for the default text editor
  • June 28, 2022 - Vim 9.0 is released!
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Mozilla watch
  • Firefox on Ubuntu
  • Firefox 104 is released

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Gnome Can Now...
  • Toggle Speakers and Mics in 43!
  • Great feedback on our last episode on YouTube
  • lendarker on reddit
Community Focus
  • Distrotube
  • Distrotube Vim videos
  • Including some tutorial videos part 1 and part 2
App Focus


Next Time

We will discuss Clear Linux and the history.

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