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Oh....ok - anyway I guess I got to learn vi - because I have access to server - but not a fully dedicated one - managed one. So they woundt install stuff that they think is not required. Guess I'll go back to CUI.
Distribution: Debian Etch (w/ dual-boot XP for gaming)
Something to add is that according to POSIX standards, vi is guaranteed to be installed on any UNIX-based system, anywhere. It's probably worth learning to use it (at least to a basic level) for this reason alone. Once you get used to the idea of having two modes, there are really very few commands you need to know for the purposes of changing a few lines in a file.
In my opinion the problem with vi is not with modes. Modes are actually quite handy once you get used to them. I dislike the little oddities it has (pressing ESC on insert mode moves the cursor backwards, so you'll have to compensate it with l, cursor keys up and down or k and j won't work on wrapped lines, in vim undo is u and redo CTRL+R, etc.) Yes, I know these can be fixed, but why don't they work right in a "sane" way in the first place? In my opinion it's also a really bad idea to use control keysequences in a modal editor like vi, it makes it (even more) confusing. Controlling open windows in vim for example can't be said to be very handy, why isn't it simply done in command mode? And then there is of course the size question, >12 MB for a text editor without the graphical mode (which is a joke anyway ), oh come now...