Scared of VIM in Ubuntu?

Written by Peter Davies on .

All you need to do is select another editor (and install nano or similar if you need something easy):

apt-get install nano
update-alternatives --config editor

There are 2 alternatives which provide `editor'.

  Selection    Alternative
      1        /usr/bin/vim
*+    2        /bin/nano

Press enter to keep the default[*], or type selection number: 2
Using `/bin/nano' to provide `editor'.

This then allows you to edit system files using the new editor (like when editing cron: crontab -e).