Atom (text editor)
Atom on GNOME 3
|Initial release||February 26, 2014|
|Stable release||1.0.19 / September 25, 2015|
|Operating system||OS X 10.8 or later, Windows 7 & 8, and Linux|
|Type||Source code editor|
|License||MIT License (free software)|
Atom is a free and open-source text and source code editor for OS X, Linux, and Windows with support for plug-ins written in Node.js, and embedded Git Control, developed by GitHub. Atom is a desktop application built using web technologies. Most of the extending packages have free software licenses and are community-built and maintained. Atom is based on Electron (formerly known as Atom Shell), a framework that enables cross-platform desktop applications using Chromium and io.js, which is also developed by GitHub. It is written in CoffeeScript and Less. It can also be used as an IDE. Atom was released from beta, as version 1.0, on June 25, 2015. The developers call Atom - 'A hackable text editor for the 21st Century'.
Initially, extension packages for Atom and anything not part of Atom's core were released under an open-source license. On 6 May 2014, the rest of Atom, including the core application, its package manager, as well as its desktop framework Electron, were released as free software under the MIT License.
By default, Atom reports usage information to Google Analytics, including a unique identifier that is generated computing the SHA-1 of the machine's MAC address. According to the authors, this is to determine the performance and know the most used functions. This feature can be disabled by the user.
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[...] we didn’t build Atom as a traditional web application. Instead, Atom is a specialized variant of Chromium designed to be a text editor rather than a web browser. Every Atom window is essentially a locally-rendered web page.
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