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135292Re: Vim on the iPad

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  • Eric Weir
    Jan 2, 2013
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      On Dec 31, 2012, at 1:04 PM, Benjamin Klein wrote:

      > From Wikipedia: “iOS is derived from OS X, with which it shares the Darwin foundation, and is therefore a Unix operating system.” So to the iOS question: Yes. And you can get at a lot of the underlying Unix OS if you’re OK with jailbreaking — but there are plenty of power user types that decide to not do that, and it probably would require a bit of hacker-type setup to be able to comfortably use Vim on a jailbroken iPad with files etc. managed by hand through the filesystem.

      I was just curious, Benjamin. Even with *a lot* of hand-holding I wouldn't think of attempting to jailbreak an iPad.

      > Be warned that I have never used an Android device. :} However from what I have read it seems that although there is no native Android file browser, there are multiple choices from third parties for this (the most popular or well-known seems to be Astro —https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.metago.astro&hl=en). And there are also nice terminal emulators in Google Play (for Android). So in an Android tablet it looks like you would have the filesystem issue taken care of, and it would only remain to be seen if the native vim included in whatever Android variant you ended up using would be usable enough for the type of writing that you do.

      After checking out some of the Android tablets I decided I was willing to put out the extra $100 to $150 and bit the bullet for an iPad. I'll put the issue of running Vim off till I get comfortable with the iPad, especially communicating with my MacBook.

      At that point I may take a look at the option David Sanson suggested back in September. The main problem there I imagine is not having access to a server. I am not affiliated with an institution or company that would make that available to me.

      Thanks for your suggestions.

      Eric Weir
      Decatur, GA USA

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