Re: An 'ae' testimony
>>"Craig" == Craig Sanders <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Craig> you are also making the mistake of assuming that joe is in any
Craig> way a standard tool. it is not. the only two text editors
Craig> which can lay claim to being a standard part of any unix are
Craig> ed and vi.
Historical inertia is rarely a good argument. We are making a
better system than unices used to be. Easier to use (which unices
>> You have to have a broader view (is that the expression?) in this
>> case, since it is not only yours boot disk, but everyone elses.
Craig> i think it is you who needs the broader view. the world is not
Craig> composed entirely of newbies seeking escape from
Craig> dos/windows. in fact, it's fair to say that complete newbies
Craig> aren't our target market, we make a high quality distribution
Craig> perfectly suited to experienced unix users. even so, we
Craig> support them by including a simple editor (ae) on the rescue
Craig> disk...why should we do less for our target market?
Our target market, for the most part, is smart, adaptive, and
perfectly capable of living with ae when they have to. Inflexible
users of a primitive visual editor are not my concern.
Craig> debian has been criticised in the past for failing to include
Craig> vi on the rescue floppy. we copped a lot of flack for not
Craig> having one as it is a tool which any experienced unix user can
Craig> reasonably expect to find on a rescue floppy.....which is why
Craig> we ended up with ae's vi emulation. it may not be real vi, but
Craig> it's infinitely better than nothing.
Actually, in the opinion of a lot of people, it is not better
than nothing, it is worse. I tend to concur.
>> If you want all of the stuff you commonly use on the boot disk, modify
>> it yourself. Simple :)
Craig> i don't want all the stuff i commonly use. i just want the bare minimum,
Craig> and that includes a decent editor.
That rules vi out, then.
"It's the best thing since professional golfers on 'ludes." Rick
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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