In June GitHub announced they’d retire their customizable text editor Atom on December 15th — so they could focus their development efforts on the IDEs Microsoft Visual Studio Code and GitHub Codespaces. “As new cloud-based tools have emerged and evolved over the years, Atom community involvement has declined significantly,” according to a post on GitHub’s blog.
So while “GitHub and our community have benefited tremendously from those who have filed issues, created extensions, fixed bugs, and built new features on Atom,” this now means that:
– Atom package management will stop working
– No more security updates
– Teletype will no longer work
– Deprecated redirects that supported downloading Electron symbols and headers will no longer work
– Pre-built Atom binaries can continue to downloaded from the atom repository releases
Fortunately, in 2014 GitHub open sourced the code for Atom. And according to It’s FOSS News:
A community build for it is already available; however, there seems to be a new version (Pulsar) that aims to bring feature parity with the original Atom and introduce modern features and updated architecture….
The reason why they made a separate fork is because of different goals for the projects. Pulsar wants to modernize everything to present a successor to Atom. Of course, the user interface is much of the same. Considering Pulsar hasn’t had a stable release yet, the branding could sometimes seem all over the place. However, the essentials seem to be there with the documentation, packages, and features like the ability to install packages from Git repositories….
As of now, it is too soon to say if Pulsar will become something better than what the Atom community version offers. However, it is something that we can keep an eye on…. You can head to its official download page to get the package required for your system and test it out.
Like Atom, Pulsar is cross-platform support (supporting Linux, macOS, and Windows).
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