On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM, Daniel P. Wright <d...@dpwright.com> wrote:
> The default editor for git is vim, which is a sensible choice as its
> available on nearly every platform, but if you've never encountered it
> before it can seem a little... unusual.

I'm not sure a text-editor is "sensible" if a newbie *can't figure out what
it is*.  The only reason to make it the default IMO is that it
*is*available on every system (except Windows).  On Windows, I think a
default would be Wordpad.  Of course, no one asked me my opinion. :-)

P.S.: Here's the minimum you need to know about vim:

It starts in "command mode"
To enter text, you need to be in "insert mode"
Switch from command mode to insert mode by pressing "i"
Switch from insert mode to command mode by pressing "ESC"
In command mode:
        save by typing ":w"
        quit by typing ":q"
        save and quit by typing ":wq"
        quit without saving by typing ":q!"


Gehm's Corollary to Clark's Law: Any technology distinguishable from
magic is insufficiently advanced.

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