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Re: Adding a simple editor to the base system
[comments regarding the definition of 'simple editor']
Yes, it was semantic lazyness. It would have been better has
I written "simple and intuitive" when describing ee.
I think the main argument against ee is a philosophical
one: It invites the "wrong type of people" into the NetBSD
club. My problem with that is... it also invites a lot
of the right type of people as well, people who are
intelligent, technical, but just not interested in a rite
of passage involving mastering a text editor written over
30 years ago and designed for the LSI ADM3A terminal.
If we are *actually* serious about restricting NetBSD to
those who really understand what they are doing on a unix
system then we should also be ripping out sysinst and go
back to the previous install system with its "you will need
a calculator a pencil and some paper".
Actually, better still, the install disk should drop to a
shell prompt and just include the required commands to
partition, newfs, mount, download and install a system,
plus of course the man pages so a user can determine
how to use the individual commands.
Any user who then installs the system then should have a
good understanding of how unix disklabels, partitions, makes
file systems, extracts files from tar and everything else.
Maybe we should leave the manpages in the tarfiles and they
have to extract them first before they can read them.
Actually, we can probably drop 'ls' from the list of commands,
after all, if we're happy to drop people into vi without any
information on how to use it, working out what commands are
available from a unix shell should be trivial in comparison.
Enough with the hairshirts. They itch.
David/absolute -- www.NetBSD.org: No hype required --
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