I use ubuntu 12.04.

I want to install the latest version of Vim(7.3) with all its important plugins. So, which version of Vim should I install?: Vim or Vim-Gnome or Vim-athena or any other version?

Please help...


Vim is the console version. to install it, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo apt-get install vim

But if you like a GUI based vim, then install vim-gnome.

sudo apt-get install vim-gnome

Vim-athena, is another form of GUI based vim, to install

sudo apt-get install vim-athena

Each has its own dependencies, and it comes to preference.


It depends of your desktop environment. For GUI best variant is vim-gnome.

sudo apt-get install vim-gnome

If you don't care about gui then vim-nox is your best option:

a version of vim compiled with support for scripting with Lua, Perl, Python, Ruby, and Tcl but no GUI.

Otherwise vim-gnome or vim-gtk will give you a similar build with gui support.

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