vi vs. nano in shr user manual (was Re: SHR first experiences & user manual)

William Kenworthy billk at
Fri Aug 28 15:18:06 CEST 2009

On Fri, 2009-08-28 at 11:00 +0300, Risto H. Kurppa wrote:
> see
> Wait a sec - did I understand correctly that you want to tell people
> to use vi in the user manual?
> So I take you expect that people going through the manual are skilled
> enough to use vi and if not, they'll be smart enough to use nano
> instead?
> Maybe the manual should explain how to use vi: how to save, exit etc..
> I have no idea how to use it. Maybe a link to vi howto?
> I have no problems accepting that some prefer more vi than nano but I
> have hard time accepting it being suggested in a manual where you
> can't be sure people know how to use it as it isn't as
> self-explanatory as nano, no matter how much Ctrl you have to use.
> r

I would agree with Risto here - vi is great for experienced users, but
for the inexperienced or "pure "user" - it can be a nightmare experience
that provides detractors with plenty of ammunition that linux is hard to
use, for geeks only and not for serious use ...

Idea, have guides for both (if not nano then something similarly easy to
use -  a dos edit clone of some kind for compatibility, nedit?) - linked
from the manual.  There are plenty of vi guides out there, and probably
for most other apps as well.  The idea should be to guide and inform,
catering for both experienced and inexperienced (to both the FR and
linux) users.


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