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The True History of Vi

Landuke returns with a brief history of how Vi, the editor, came to be. I learned a lot!

People don’t know that vi was written for a world that doesn’t exist anymore.

And the picture that explains it all. It all makes sense now!

The keyboard layout of the ADM-3A.
The keyboard layout of the ADM-3A. [source]

While vi may have initially only been distributed to a mere 75 people (as part of the 2BSD archive)… it would go on to become a standard of POSIX, distributed on nearly every UNIX-alike system for the last 40 years.

The full article can be found without a subscription on Substack.