The Other Popular Editor: emacs
The vi editor is a full, feature-rich editing package, but there's an alternative that's worth exploring, too, before you settle on the editor you'll use within the UNIX environment. The alternative is the brilliant, if complex, emacs editor.
Task 12.1: Launching emacs and Inserting Text
Starting emacs is as simple as starting any other UNIX program. Simply type the name of the program, followed by any file or files you'd like to work with. The puzzle with emacs is figuring out what it's actually called on your system, if you have it. There are a couple of ways to try to identify emacs; I'll demonstrate these methods ...