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posted by n1 on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:46PM   Printer-friendly
from the code-wants-to-be-free dept.

GitHub announced today that the editor it has been working on is now open source.

Today, we're excited to announce that we are open-sourcing Atom under the MIT License. We see Atom as a perfect complement to GitHub's primary mission of building better software by working together. Atom is a long-term investment, and GitHub will continue to support its development with a dedicated team going forward. But we also know that we can't achieve our vision for Atom alone. As Emacs and Vim have demonstrated over the past three decades, if you want to build a thriving, long-lasting community around a text editor, it has to be open source.

I have been using the Atom beta as my primary editor for the past few weeks and have been very happy with it.

It is currently only available for the mac, but it is based on Chromium and Node, and "Windows and Linux releases are on the roadmap."

 
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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:53PM (#40628)

    Let me lead off with this https://xkcd.com/927/ [xkcd.com]

    Having not used this editor before. How is it better/worse/feature wise to the hundreds of other text editors I can get? Of which a non insignificant portion are open source. Is it worth a try? Does anyone have any exp with it?

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by bob_super on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:07PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:07PM (#40635)

    It's better because it still only works on a Mac.
    What else could you ask for?

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by useless on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:14PM

    by useless (426) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:14PM (#40638)

    Depends. Do you think having Google Analytics build into a text editor is a good or bad thing?

  • (Score: 2) by Tork on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:28PM

    by Tork (3914) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:28PM (#40644)
    Small nitpick: Products and standards are not the thing, your XKCD cartoon is not relevant to your point.
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    🏳️‍🌈 Proud Ally 🏳️‍🌈
    • (Score: 2) by forsythe on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:30PM

      by forsythe (831) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:30PM (#40645)

      There's no need to resort to XKCD. This exact scenario is a well-accepted koan.

      A UNIX wizard hears cries of torment from his apprentice's computer room where the apprentice is studying, and goes to investigate.

      He finds the apprentice in obvious distress, nearly on the verge of tears. "What's the problem?" he asks. "Why did you cry out?"

      "It's terrible using this system. I must use four editors each day to get my studies done, because not one of them does everything."

      The wizard nods sagely, and asks, "And what would you propose that will solve this obvious dilemma?"

      The student thinks carefully for several minutes, and his face then lights up in delight. Excitedly, he says, "Well, it's obvious. I will write the best editor ever. It will do everything that the existing four editors do, but do their jobs better, and faster. And because of my new editor, the world will be a better place."

      The wizard quickly raises his hand and smacks the apprentice on the side of his head. The wizard is old and frail, and the apprentice isn't physically hurt, but is shocked by what has happened. He turns his head to face the wizard. "What have I done wrong?" he asks.

      "Fool!" says the wizard. "Do you think I want to learn yet another editor?"

      Immediately, the apprentice is enlightened.

      This version copy-and-pasted from here [neugierig.org].

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @10:17PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @10:17PM (#40718)
    Well, it's by GitHub and it's a Mac OS X exclusive so obviously it's just inherently superior.

    /me adjusts hipster glass frames