[RndTbl] Fw: [Info-nano] ANNOUNCEMENT: Exciting news about our acquisition by VIM [PATCH]

Sean Walberg sean at ertw.com
Wed Jul 24 07:35:21 CDT 2013

There are some jokes in the diff, too. Would probably see more if I used
nano more.

I worked for the University's computer department for a summer job (1996?).
My supervisor saw me using pico for editing something as he walked by and
told me "Pico!? If you ever want to be a real Unix user, you'll have to
learn vi".


On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 12:58 AM, Trevor Cordes <trevor at tecnopolis.ca>wrote:

> Funny, from the Nano mailing list on Apr 1:
> Begin forwarded message:
> Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 04:20:33 -0400
> From: Chris Allegretta <chrisa at asty.org>
> To: info-nano at gnu.org, nano-devel at gnu.org
> Subject: [Info-nano] ANNOUNCEMENT: Exciting news about our acquisition
> by VIM [PATCH]
> Hello,
> First, I want to give a hearty thank you to all our users and
> developers who have been using nano all this time.  I wanted you let
> you know that I received word from the FSF legal offices that we have
> been acquired by VIM, hopefully putting to rest a lot of bad blood
> between the text editor factions.
> For those of you who have been keeping up with development, the key
> bindings code and vim-style locking were probably dead giveaways that
> this was going to happen soon, and congrats to everyone who figured
> this out before today.
> For those of you who have contributed to the code base, the details of
> this deal are as follows:
> - All right, likenesses and the nano domain become the property of the
> VIM Development Corporation LLC OMG WTF BBQ
> - Our recursive acronym Nano's Another Editor, is being changed to the
> classic vi  tagline, "What Mode Am I In Again??"
> In exchange, the following compensation is being offered:
> - One thousand "vim rules" bumper stickers (FCFS on these!)
> - At least 150 coupons for a free KFC Double Down.  Must give your
> name as "vim" when you order.  No free refills.
> - We will be recognized on a special plaque, near home plate at a
> to-be-announced  vim-owned sports stadium (once a few more tech
> companies go under or are bought by Google).
> - That happy feeling that we didn't end up owned by emacs
> The attached patch is a sneak peak at the transition plan we will be
> using in the development versions of nano.  Please see the following
> timetable for transition:
> - Starting today with this patch, through versions
> 2.4.99pl47-omg[ac]1, nano will continue to default to what is
> effectively vim's Insert Mode.  You can get into insert mode via Esc,
> or the usual method of pressing random keys until it works.
> - As of version 2.5.0, Command Mode will become the default, but we
> will retain backward compatibility with legacy nano commands
> - In version 2.7.0, we will all be dead by then so don't worry about
> it.  Have you seen how long just point releases take me? :P
> Thank you again for using our editor, and I'm looking forward to
> seeing all those bumper stickers in the KFC parking lot.  Eat up
> friends, we've all earned it!
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Sean Walberg <sean at ertw.com>    http://ertw.com/
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