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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) by RobotLove on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:57PM

    by RobotLove (3304) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:57PM (#40632)

    In my job I alternate between coding Java class files and looking at 500,000 line log files. Hard to find something that does both well. No idea if Atom will do the first, but I'm pretty damn sure it won't do the second.

    Also, Sublime Text's fuzzy auto-complete reigns supreme.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:25PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:25PM (#40642)

    Files larger then 2MB aren't allowed.

    BTW, this "text editor" is 67MB - so it must be *a lot* better than the others, right?

  • (Score: 2) by Sir Finkus on Wednesday May 07 2014, @08:52PM

    by Sir Finkus (192) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @08:52PM (#40678) Journal

    I've found it to be pretty slow opening even modestly sized files. I really like how you can cd to a folder and type "atom" and it will automatically load everything in that folder in the sidebar. The diff visualization is also pretty neat.

    That all said, sublime text still wins it for me. It's opened in less than a second for everything I've thrown at it, the fuzzy search is awesome, and I like the vim bindings. My only real complaint is that you need to edit text files to change stupid stuff like the font, but that's not really a big deal.

    Atom does have promise I think, it just isn't quite there yet.

  • (Score: 1) by kwerle on Wednesday May 07 2014, @09:01PM

    by kwerle (746) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @09:01PM (#40684) Homepage

    Atom is primarily a code editor. I would not expect it to perform well on large files.

    Frankly, I'd probably invest in looking for a good log parsing program if I spent that much time looking at logs...