Google Hires Creator Of Vim

    March 27, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Bram Moolenaar, creator of the text editor Vim, or Vi improved, will begin working with Google in the company’s Zurich offices.

For the duration of the Vim project, Moolenaar has accepted sponsorships and donations to help support his work on Vim. He also encouraged users of Vim to donate to the ICCF Holland fund; that fund supports volunteer work in Kibaale, located in Uganda’s south, a place with the highest HIV infection rate in the world according to ICCF.

Now that Moolenaar has accepted a position with Google, he announced how the sponsorships and donations Vim users provide after the end of March will benefit ICCF:

Fortunately I can spend part of my time on Vim. But it will obviously be less than the past few years when I was working 150% of my time on Vim.

I will no longer need sponsorship to survive. Therefore, starting the end of March, all money given for Vim sponsorship and registration will go to the project in Kibaale, Uganda. And no, this is not an April fools joke.

The voting will continue as before. And seeing people give money will motivate me to keep working on Vim. The children need the help much more than me anyway.

Those who have paid for Vim in the past have been able to vote for features they felt Moolenaar should develop in Vim. That practice will continue after March 31st, the only difference being the donations will go to ICCF Holland instead of him.

Moolenaar also noted version 7 of Vim will enter beta testing shortly.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.