Even if you don’t frequent OneAndOneIs2, you’re probably familiar with the author’s “Linux is not Windows” article. One of the examples of functionality Vs. User-Friendliness is given by comparing VI‘s method of copying 5 lines to the bottom of the page (type d5d Shift-g p) to any Microsoft text editor (selecting the 5 lines block by either keyboard or mouse, cutting, scrolling to the bottom and pasting). Now this seems fairly straight forwards and simple. However, one guy didn’t find it as straightforward. While both this article and OneAndOne’s rebuttal tell the whole story, please notice what, according to PC Pipeline is the actual process of getting those 5 lines copied down:
My immediate reaction upon seeing this was “uh… no”. Now I’m no VI guru, but where the hell did all those ‘:’ and ENTERs come from? Click on the links for the whole story, I’ll just laugh away here.
(I realise the link is to VIm’s site and not VI’s. Find me VI’s site and I’ll link to it)