Re: Default != popular
Isn't vim only popular because it's installed by default?
No for me ! Some Linux distros install other things, such as nano and make them the default. It's irritating each time I come across one of these and then have to dredge out of the dusty cobwebs of my memory the incantation to fix it back to using vim by default.
But historically, you may have had a point - if fixing many unix or unix-alike systems when booted from a floppy pair, vi was the only text editor you could reasonably assume would be available to you. Ah those days of making a new boot/root disk pair whenever we upgraded the old SCO box at my last place - and spending ages deciding what to leave out of the root disk to make enough room for cpio so we'd be able to restore the backup tapes.