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Using Emacs Episode 67 - Emacs vs Vi a rant with some historical perspective

I've been meaning to do my version of the Emacs VI rant for a while. A few years ago I staged out a video showing what it would be like for a beginner to start with Emacs, Vim, Atom, and Sublime Text but decided it would be long, unwieldy and clunky to present - particularly when it came to customization.

I tabled it for a while but recently have been seeing a bunch of threads, videos and posts talking about Emacs and Vim. Some are really well done, balanced and sensible like Derek Taylor's over on DistroTube. On the other hand, I saw plenty of what makes me nuts. People claiming things like style is objectively better than the other or was created with speed or ergonomics in mind so is superior and the like.

Here's my take. I think it's a little different than some of the other rants because I look a bit at history and evolution and also at the day to day reality of editing. Hope you enjoy it.

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