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Bram, who passed on at 62, is behind Vim text editor, probably one of the most widely used Linux programs of all time.
Vim was the default text editor included with most Linux distributions. As such, Bram was the person whose code has probably touched more people than any other Linux tool except for the kernel itself — which nobody except programmers directly interact with anyway.
Vim has been “charityware.” If you open the editor without specifying a file, in the opening text, it displays the following message:
~ Help poor children in Uganda! ~ type :help iccf<enter> for information</enter>
ICCF being referred to is the NGO earlier mentioned that supports a school for AIDS orphans at the Kibaale Community Centre. The ICCF sends some 99.5 percent of its income to Kibaale. Moolenaar last visited the school in 2020, very shortly before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As an IT firm, VINAStech mourns this great Software Engineer!
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