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How are the packages vim-gtk and vim-gnome different from each other? I've tried both and the resulting Gvim feels the same (to me). If there is no difference, why are both packages maintained?

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While you're at it, what about these: vim-athena, vim-tiny, vim-nox ( the suggestions Ubuntu offered when I trying running vim. – Isaac Kleinman Dec 27 '12 at 1:48
This question has been expanded here:… to include vim-athena, vim-nox etc – jmetz Dec 11 '14 at 12:03
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Both packages provide the same application, but compiled with different dependencies (e.g. vim-gnome depends on libgnome2). Vim-gtk is important only to people who use Kubuntu (or some lightweight desktop environment) and don't want to install GNOME libraries. If you use the standard Ubuntu desktop, the dependencies are already present, and you can safely use vim-gnome. I agree that it could be confusing.

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So then, what is the difference between libgnome and libgtk? – HRJ Aug 20 '11 at 6:46
libgnome2 is dropped from GNOME3. So what will the difference be in gtk3 world of things? – Dima Dec 17 '11 at 0:53
Seems like vim-gnome still has libgnome2-0 as a dependency, while both vim-gnome and vim-gtk depend on libgtk2.0-0. – Victor Feb 18 '13 at 23:49

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