Atom 1.0 is here. One of the best open source code editors, Atom was available for public uses for almost a year but this is the first stable version of the most talked about text/code editor of recent times. Promoted as the “hackable text editor for 21st century”, this project of Github has already been downloaded 1.5 million times in the past and currently it has over 350,000 monthly active users.
It’s been a long time
Rome was not built in a day and neither was Atom. Since it was first conceptualized in 2008 till the first stable release this month, it has taken several years and hundreds of contributors from across the globe, along with main developers working on Atom core. A quick look at the journey of Atom can be seen in the picture below:
Back to the future
This launch of Atom 1.0 is announced with a retro video showing the capabilities of the editor. Resembling to 70’s science fiction TV series, this will be the coolest video you are going to watch today :)
Features of Atom text editor
- Cross-platform editing
- Built-in Atom package manager
- Smart autocompletion
- File system browser
- Multiple panes
- Find and replace
- Highly customizable
- Modern look
Get Atom 1.0
Atom 1.0 is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. For Debian based Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint, Atom provides .deb binaries. For Fedora, it also has .rpm binaries. You can also get the source code, if you like. The links below will let you download the latest stable version.
If you prefer, you can install Atom in Ubuntu using PPA. The PPA is not official though.