|Unix is a Four Letter Word...|
|and Vi is a Two Letter Abbreviation|
|Author: Christopher C. Taylor|
|Written: August 1993|
|Major revision: July 2000|
Unix is a popular operating system among engineers and scientists. Unix
has a number of features that make it very appealing, particularly for those
who have become heavily dependent on their computers. Unfortunately, Unix
has a significant learning curve. For many, the trek up the learning curve
reaps generous rewards in productivity in the long run. This document is
designed to help beginning and intermediate users of Unix to conquer this
learning curve quickly.
Copyright 1993 - 2000 by Dr. Christopher C. Taylor.
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- The original version of this manual was written while I was employed by
Hughes STX at EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
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- The Vi Reference section of this document
is based heavily on "Vi Reference" by Maarteen Litmaath, et al.
- I also am indebted to readers who have given me feedback on things that
could be improved.
© 1993-2000 Christopher C. Taylor