Right now, I make everyone do ~/.vimrc and put their settings there.
How can I make a global, default .vimrc for new users?
usually by creating /etc/vimrc or /etc/vim/vimrc. Depends on your version of vim and linux/unix
to create a default ~/.vimrc for all new users, you should be able to drop it into /etc/skel
If I recall correctly, that provides the template for new user's home directories.
In Debian, it appears the file you are looking for is:
It might be different in a different distro (though I think that is not much likely).
For Unix, MS-DOS, MS-Windows, OS/2, VMS, Macintosh, RISC-OS and Amiga the system vimrc file is read for initializations. The path of this file is shown with the ":version" command. Mostly it's "$VIM/vimrc". Note that this file is ALWAYS read in 'compatible' mode, since the automatic resetting of 'compatible' is only done later. Add a ":set nocp" command if you like.
So, put your system configurations in this file. Type
:help version in vim to see where, or
echo $VIM at the shell to see if
$VIM is defined. (Note that you may have to set
$VIM for all users, such as in a system bashrc file.)
for MacVim, it's at