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posted by Dopefish on Friday February 28 2014, @03:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the probably-better-than-notepad dept.

Anonymous Coward writes "GitHub's Atom, a new text editor blending C++ and web technologies, is now being released as a limited beta. The new editor, which claims to have partial TextMate support, is extensible with the help of a centralized add-on manger (the same way Eclipse does) and is heavily integrated with the github platform. The final licence is not known at the moment, but the project already makes use of over 80 open source software packages.

Access to the beta is currently "invite only"."

 
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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Schafer2 on Friday February 28 2014, @06:26PM

    by Schafer2 (348) on Friday February 28 2014, @06:26PM (#8664)
    From their FAQ [atom.io]

    How much will Atom cost?

    We haven't settled on pricing yet, but you can expect it to be competitively priced compared to similar editors.

    Will Atom be open source?

    We have not finalized licensing on Atom's core (nucleus?), but we're aiming for a common ground between fully-closed and fully-open. Follow @AtomEditor for additional details as they become available.

    All non-core Atom packages provided by GitHub will be under the MIT license.

    So while Atom is going to be highly customizable and extensible, it does not sound forkable.

    Personally, I'm just too dependent on familiarity with my main editor to go off and switch to a non-open replacement. It would need to have some key feature which I absolutely could not live without, that could not be replicated in an open editor.

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