Distributions: keep your hands off
Dear Linux distributions: if I want to use a freaky super-intelligent
editor I am perfectly able to fire up emacs myself, or even type '
instead of '
vi' (honest, the extra letter is not too much for me to
type). I want vi. You know, the simple and predictable thing that
system administrators like because it behaves.
As an aid to your planning, here is a minimum feature for any editor
When I paste things into an alleged
viin insert mode in a terminal window in X, you put them in exactly as they are. No more, no less.
If your 'vi' does anything else, you are not being helpful, you are causing me to violently throw your distribution at the wall because you have just screwed up what I was trying to do.
(I would prefer that you not mangle my typing either, but not mangling my copy and pastes in X is a minimum standard.)
(I do not mind whatever distributions choose to do with things called
vim' and the like. They can be as freaky super-intelligent as they
want. My objections are strictly for what happens when I innocently type