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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 twistedcubic on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:42PM

    by twistedcubic (929) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:42PM (#40652)

    I just downloaded this on a Macbook retina 13". I give the default color scheme an A+. The dark theme is perfect for someone like myself with eye strain/swelling. I wrote a quick "hello world" in C, checked the memory usage in the activity monitor ("top" for Macs), and saw the following.

    Atom Helper: 105MB

    Safari: 78 MB

    This is with six tabs open in Safari. This is high, but as long as this doesn't grow exponentially with usage, it should be OK. I'll grade this a C.
    Lastly, it doesn't work like Vim, so tat's an F. Final grade D-. :)

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:47PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:47PM (#40655)

    In what world do you ever see something like 78 meg used in Safari? You are aware that each tab is reported as "Safari Web Content"? I just loaded up Safari myself (15" Macbook Pro) and with six random pages loaded (news, forums), I've got 151.2 for Safari, then 21.1 in Safari Networking, then about 240 spread across six Safari Web Content processes.

    If you're going to criticise something at least make sure you don't look like a dribbling fanboy in the process.

    • (Score: 1) by twistedcubic on Wednesday May 07 2014, @08:09PM

      by twistedcubic (929) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @08:09PM (#40670)

      The point is that Atom uses a lot of memory. Dribbling fanboy for Safari??? Now that's an insult.

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by kwerle on Wednesday May 07 2014, @09:30PM

    by kwerle (746) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @09:30PM (#40697) Homepage

    You might want to check out the vim-mode package - which admits it has a long ways to go... []