Which vim should I use in xubuntu / Ubuntu+XFCE?

My current system is Ubuntu, but I have replaced the Unity interface with XFCE (via sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop). There is no vim installed at the moment:

$ vim --version
The program 'vim' can be found in the following packages:
 * vim
 * vim-gnome
 * vim-tiny
 * vim-athena
 * vim-gtk
 * vim-nox
Try: sudo apt-get install <selected package>

I might have thought to use vim-gtk, but I'm not exactly sure--this guide here apparently suggests vim-gtk is for users of KDE/Kubuntu. Which one should I install?

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Install vim if you want the text-mode interface or vim-gtk if you want the GUI.

Basically vim-gtk is the GUI version for anybody who doesn't want to install the Gnome2 libraries on which vim-gnome depends and doesn't like the 1990s style of vim-athena

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