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1 This is the Vim editor license.
2
3 README.txt for version 6.1 of Vim: Vi IMproved.
4
5
6 WHAT IS VIM
7
8 Vim is an almost compatible version of the UNIX editor Vi. Many new features
9 have been added: multi-level undo, syntax highlighting, command line history,
10 on-line help, filename completion, block operations, etc. There is also a
11 Graphical User Interface (GUI) available. See "runtime/doc/vi_diff.txt" for
12 differences with Vi.
13
14 This editor is very useful for editing programs and other plain ASCII files.
15 All commands are given with normal keyboard characters, so those who can type
16 with ten fingers can work very fast. Additionally, function keys can be
17 defined by the user, and the mouse can be used.
18
19 Vim currently runs under Amiga DOS, MS-DOS, MS-Windows 95/98/NT, Atari MiNT,
20 Macintosh, BeOS, VMS, RISC OS, OS/2 and almost all flavours of UNIX.
21 Porting to other systems should not be very difficult.
22
23
24 DISTRIBUTION
25
26 There are separate distributions for Unix, PC, Amiga and some other systems.
27 This README.txt file comes with the runtime archive. It includes the
28 documentation, syntax files and other files that are used at runtime. To run
29 Vim you must get either one of the binary archives or a source archive.
30 Which one you need depends on the system you want to run it on and whether you
31 want or must compile it yourself. Check "http://vim.sf.net/download.php" for
32 an overview of currently available distributions.
33
34
35 DOCUMENTATION
36
37 The best is to use ":help" in Vim. If you don't have an executable yet, read
38 "runtime/doc/help.txt". It contains pointers to the other documentation
39 files. The User Manual reads like a book and is recommended to learn to use
40 Vim. See ":help user-manual".
41
42 The vim tutor is a one hour training course for beginners. Mostly it can be
43 started as "vimtutor". See ":help tutor" for more information.
44
45
46 COPYING
47
48 Vim is Charityware. You can use and copy it as much as you like, but you are
49 encouraged to make a donation to orphans in Uganda. Please read the file
50 "runtime/doc/uganda.txt" for details.
51
52 There are no restrictions on distributing an unmodified copy of Vim. Parts of
53 Vim may also be distributed, but this text must always be included. You are
54 allowed to include executables that you made from the unmodified Vim sources,
55 your own usage examples and Vim scripts.
56
57 If you distribute a modified version of Vim, you are encouraged to send the
58 maintainer a copy, including the source code. Or make it available to the
59 maintainer through ftp; let him know where it can be found. If the number of
60 changes is small (e.g., a modified Makefile) e-mailing the diffs will do.
61 When the maintainer asks for it (in any way) you must make your changes,
62 including source code, available to him.
63
64 The maintainer reserves the right to include any changes in the official
65 version of Vim. This is negotiable. You are not allowed to distribute a
66 modified version of Vim when you are not willing to make the source code
67 available to the maintainer.
68
69 The current maintainer is Bram Moolenaar <Bram@vim.org>. If this changes, it
70 will be announced in appropriate places (most likely www.vim.org and
71 comp.editors). When it is completely impossible to contact the maintainer,
72 the obligation to send him modified source code ceases.
73
74 It is not allowed to remove these restrictions from the distribution of the
75 Vim sources or parts of it. These restrictions may also be used for previous
76 Vim releases instead of the text that was included with it.
77
78
79 INFORMATION
80
81 The latest news about Vim can be found on the Vim home page:
82 http://vim.sf.org/
83
84 If you have problems, have a look at the Vim FAQ:
85 http://www.vim.org/faq/
86
87 Send bug reports to:
88 Bram Moolenaar <Bram@vim.org>
89
90 There are four mailing lists for Vim:
91 <vim@vim.org>
92 For discussions about using existing versions of Vim: Useful mappings,
93 questions, answers, where to get a specific version, etc.
94 Archive: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim
95 <vim-dev@vim.org>
96 For discussions about changing Vim: New features, porting, beta-test
97 versions, etc.
98 Archive: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vimdev
99 <vim-announce@vim.org>
100 Announcements about new versions of Vim; also beta-test versions and
101 ports to different systems.
102 Archive: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vimannounce
103 <vim-multibyte@vim.org>
104 For discussions about using and improving the multi-byte aspects of
105 Vim: XIM, Hangul, fontset, etc.
106 Archive: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim-multibyte
107 <vim-mac@vim.org>
108 For discussions about using and improving Vim on the Macintosh.
109 Archive: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim-mac
110
111 See "http://www.vim.org/mail.html"
112
113 NOTE:
114 - You can only send messages to these lists if you have subscribed!
115 - You need to send the messages from the same location as where you subscribed
116 from (to avoid spam mail).
117 - Maximum message size is 40000 characters.
118
119 If you want to join a maillist, send a message to
120 <vim-help@vim.org>
121 Make sure that your "From:" address is correct. Then the list server will
122 send you a help message.
123
124
125 MAIN AUTHOR
126
127 Send any other comments, patches, pizza and suggestions to:
128
129 Bram Moolenaar E-mail: Bram@vim.org
130 Clematisstraat 30
131 5925 BE Venlo Tel: +31 77 3872340
132 The Netherlands Fax/voice-mail: +31 84 8508509

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