Subject: Re: RFC: Simple screen editor for NetBSD
To: None <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/07/2000 23:31:12
On Fri, 7 Jan 2000, Feico Dillema wrote:

> I think the real reason for is, that vi presents novice users a bootstrapping
> problem and has become a bottleneck for many new to unix, i.e. it
> takes more time to get comfortable with vi than to get a NetBSD
> machine configured and running nowadays. But I don't like moving users
> away from the vi-learning-curve by adding some other simple editor, as in 
> the end it really pays off to learn vi. Maybe an alternative is to make vi's
> learning curve a bit less steep and give vi a -novice option which
> would add a more verbose status line at the bottom (listing mode and
> the most essential command keys) or maybe even an ncurses menu with 
> load/save file and quit. A builtin help-page would be nice too. Maybe
> making such a vin (vi for novices) part of the sysinst/bootflop would
> be good enough?

	The goal is to add an editor which does not have to be learned.
	Non modal and using cursor keys to navigate. By default vipw
	and friends will still use vi.