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FOSS World Bids Farewell to Bram Moolenaar: Vim’s Legacy Lives On

Bram Moolenaar, the creator of Vim passed away on August 3, 2023, leaving behind a powerful legacy.

With heavy hearts, we share the news of the passing of Bram Moolenaar, the visionary creator of Vim, one of the most iconic text editors in the programming world. Bram’s dedication and passion for Vim were unparalleled, and his contributions have left an indelible mark on the programming community. As we mourn the loss of this tech legend, we celebrate the remarkable legacy he leaves behind.

Bram Moolenaar was the driving force behind Vim, the powerful and efficient text editor loved by countless programmers worldwide. Throughout the years, Vim has stood the test of time and continued to be an essential tool for many developers, thanks to Bram’s unwavering commitment.

File picture of Bram Moolenaar (from wikipedia)
File picture of Bram Moolenaar (from Wikipedia)

In the 90s, when several Vim clones emerged, Vim remained distinct and popular due to Bram’s tireless efforts to enhance and maintain it. His passion for Vim was evident in every release, as he consistently added new features and improvements that kept Vim relevant in the ever-evolving tech landscape.

Despite the rise of modern Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) and tools like VSCode, Bram’s work ensured that Vim remained a staple choice for developers who valued its speed, simplicity, and extensibility.

Bram Moolenaar’s impact extended far beyond the codebase of Vim. He fostered a vibrant and passionate community around the text editor. Programmers worldwide came together to share tips, plugins, and customizations, all contributing to the ever-growing richness of Vim. Bram took great pride in the supportive and enthusiastic community that developed around his creation, making Vim not just a tool but a shared experience.

As we say our goodbyes, Bram’s family is arranging a funeral service in his honour in The Netherlands. The service will be conducted in Dutch, with the date, time, and venue yet to be determined. If you wish to attend the service or get in touch with the family regarding other matters, kindly send a message to the email address mentioned in the announcement post.

While the news of Bram’s passing is undoubtedly saddening, the Vim project lives on, a testament to the enduring impact of his work. As we continue to use Vim and its future iterations, let us honour Bram’s memory by embracing his pioneering spirit and relentless pursuit of excellence in the world of programming tools.

Bram, thank you for your incredible contribution to FOSS.

Rest in peace.


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