I tried to run it but I got:
[./vip:10] !? (265364 $177775301332572 $177775301332574 $177775301332576)
[DLL] /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libncurses.so: file too short
Followed by a PicoLisp REPL.
Yes, a common problem it seems, see: http://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg06705.html
I installed libncurses5 as in your link, and did what was instructed, but then I got a segfault when running vip :(