what is the VI Editor in Linux? 5 stars will be awarded?

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Im not sure what this is… my teacher gave me a bunch of text and wants me to get in theyre linux box whatever that means… heres an example?

Take the following text and figure out a way to get it to our linux box (hint: emailing to your unix account on our server is an easy way)

Use VI to replace the following words in the text:

“Bill Gates” with “Mr. Noodles”,
“Gates” with “Noodles”,
“Paul Allen” or “Allen” as “The Other Guy”,
“Altair” as “WTF”,
“Apple” as “The Prodigal Son”,
“Tandy” as “Who?”
and “Microsoft” as “Blue Screen of Death”

“Bill Gates was born in Seattle in 1955, the second of three children in a well-to-do family. His father, William H. Gates II, was a lawyer, while his mother, Mary Gates, was a teacher, a regent of the University of Washington, and member of several corporate boards. Gates was first exposed to computers at school in the late 1960s with his friend Paul Allen, the son of two Seattle librarians. By the time Gates was 14, the two friends were writing and testing computer programs for fun and profit.

In 1972 they established their first company, Traf-O-Data, which sold a rudimentary computer that recorded and analyzed traffic data. Allen went on to study computer science at the University of Washington and then dropped out to work at Honeywell, while Gates enrolled at Harvard. Inspired in 1975 by an issue of Popular Electronics that showed the new Altair microcomputer kit just released by MITS Computer, Gates and Allen wrote a version of BASIC for the machine. Later that year Gates left college to work full time developing programming languages for the Altair, and he and Allen relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to be near MITS Computer, where Allen took a position as director of software development. Gates and Allen named their partnership Micro-soft. Their revenues for 1975 totaled ,000.

A year later, Gates published “An Open Letter to Hobbyists” in the Altair newsletter, in which he enjoined users to avoid illegally copied software. Arguing that software piracy prevented “good software from being written,” Gates wrote prophetically, “Nothing would please me more than being able to hire ten programmers and deluge the hobby market with good software.” In November 1976 Allen left MITS to devote his full attention to Microsoft, and the company’s tradename was registered. In 1977 Apple and Radio Shack licensed Microsoft BASIC for their Apple II and Tandy computers, with the Apple license going for a flat fee of ,000. As Apple sold a million machines complete with BASIC, Microsoft’s unit revenues dropped to two cents a copy.

That same year Microsoft released its second programming language, Microsoft FORTRAN, which was followed in 1978 by a version of COBOL. Both were written for the CP/M operating system, one of many available in the rapidly expanding but still unstandardized microcomputer market. As CP/M was adopted by computer manufacturers including Sirius, Zenith, and Sharp, Microsoft became the leading distributor for microcomputer languages. By the end of 1978 Microsoft had 13 employees, a sales subsidiary in Japan, and million in revenues. The following year Gates and Allen moved the company to Bellevue, Washington.”

Note: This assignment, by no means, is a slam to Microsoft – without whom, I would not be able to pay my bills.
Points/Due Date
This assignment is worth 15 points – please submit it to Angel (Angel->Lessons->Wee3->DropBox:Assignment4 – The VI Editor) by Monday July 5th, 11:59pm. There will be a 30point quiz on VI commands open next Tuesday, July 6th.
My question isn’t do my homework for me please? its what exactly am I suppose to do, like take those words he has given me and replace them in the editor with the long essay or what?

Best answer:

Answer by i. jones
Not going to do your homework for you.
Linux, like all UNIX variants has vi built-in.

vi filepath/filename

Use this cheat sheet, if you don’t have a list of commands available to you in one handy reference.

http://www.lagmonster.org/docs/vi.html

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