Bram Moolenaar was Vim’s creator/maintainer/benevolent-dictator for life. Early this morning his family shared sad news on the Vim-announce Google Group. “It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that Bram Moolenaar passed away on 3 August 2023.” Moolenaar was 62 years old, and died from “a medical condition that progressed quickly over the last few weeks.”
“Bram dedicated a large part of his life to VIM and he was very proud of the VIM community that you are all part of.”

Anyone who’s used Vim has seen evidence of Moolenaar’s generosity. “Vim is Charityware,” Moolenaar wrote in its pioneering license. “You can use and copy it as much as you like, but you are encouraged to make a donation for needy children in Uganda.” Moolenaar pioneered the concept of charityware decades ago, and also helped to popularize its adoption. To this day Vim users can still

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