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You definitely do not want to use Janus right out of the gate, or use a copied ~/.vimrc file. Beginners who do that have no way of knowing where default vim ends and the plugins begin. If you are learning vim I think it's counterproductive to install any plugin unless you know exactly what it does first.

That means incrementally building up your array of useful plugins and not installing them all at once. You want to be very selective about plugins in general anyway, and pay attention to which ones are the most useful to programmers who get a lot done, which will make you want to try them (I'm thinking NERDTree and Ctrl-P here).

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