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Sublime for Linux :D

Postby bgilbert on Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:32 am

Let me preface this by the saying that I've only known about this editor less than twenty four hours and have evangalized it already to everyone that I work with. I must say that I am incredibly impressed with this editor and I feel that many of the innovations it contains will help improve the editing space as a whole.

That said, I haven't seen the request anywhere else, so I can has native sublime for linux? I don't really expect it, and I don't know that it'd be the most profitable venture, but I'm gonna put the request out there anyways, because damnit it'd be awesome! I know that it will run under wine, and believe me I've used it, but as with almost all wine apps, it has that sort of sluggishness about it which is intolerable in a good text editor. I currently use windows for my work as its required, but I use linux on all of my home computers, only now it pains me not being able to use a native sublime text editor in my favorite OS.

Well thats my spiel, keep up the good work! You have created what I consider the single best editor I've ever used, and I've moonlighted with many an editor. However, if you ever get a wild hair and decide to go with a linux version, I'll buy it three times!....seriously
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Re: Sublime for Linux :D

Postby elrom on Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:35 am

I'm sure I speak for many when I say there is much interest in subby running on linux. (and from there, on osx to compete with textmate :D)
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Re: Sublime for Linux :D

Postby mikeb on Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:18 pm

I too am hoping for a linux version as well, as I am in the process of moving to linux for my primary development work... I don't know what I will do on linux for a text editor and am just not able to get into vim/emacs after sublime.
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Re: Sublime for Linux :D

Postby samkerr on Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:45 pm

I'd also like a native version, but using it in Wine gets the job done.
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Re: Sublime for Linux :D

Postby cafn8ed on Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:51 pm

Nothing useful to add, I just wanted to voice my support for sublime running natively in linux. I haven't paid for an editor since I bought a license for UltraEdit on Windows years ago. This is the first editor I've seen that I'd be willing to pay for in linux.

Please!
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Re: Sublime for Linux :D

Postby 75th Trombone on Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:28 pm

OS X version++
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Re: Sublime for Linux :D

Postby samkerr on Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:34 pm

An OS X version would be interesting. One reason Sublime is so good is because of it's GUI and layout (IMO anyways), so it'd be interesting to see if changing to Cocoa would retain this. On my Mac, I just run Sublime under Wine.
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Why You Really Don't Want Jon To Make A Linux Version

Postby SteveCooperOrg on Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:04 pm

Don't do it, Jon! Fighting a war on two or three fronts would be suicide.

This isn't a feature request in the same way that asking for a new language or a file browser is. Jon can't just do this then move on to another feature. It's a strategic choice to start producing several new products. There would be some serious, company-killing problems with doing it, and I'd like to convince people that they really don't want Jon to spend his time porting ST to other platforms.

As I said, this isn't a feature, but a new product. Every actual feature that gets added has to be developed, tested, and supported on every platform. This means a huge amount more development and testing time. Remember that any code that deals with files is now suspicious. 3D rendering, the heart of the Sublime Text experience, must now run on a new platform. Any python code has to be re-checked to see if it relies on Windows behaviour. Community plugins will fail on linux, or be developed just for it, creating a world of half-arsed addins.

Instead of hacking one path through the jungle, Jon must now hack two or three paths. Inevitably, he'll get less far down either. This will kill the forward motion of the product. Fewer features will be developed, since each one is more expensive. Language support, project support, documentation, package help, API tools -- they'll all advance more slowly.

Innovation also suffers. When you straddle several platforms, it means you can only include features that all of them can support. For example, Windows 7 has a new feature called Libraries, which might integrate very nicely with the idea of Sublime Text Projects. A Windows 7-aware version of Sublime can help me find my files more easily using the Libraries features of windows. But libraries aren't available in Linux, so If Jon tries to straddle the two worlds, he has to write something that fails to take advantage of the build-in capabilities of Windows.

And why should he support linux? So that a few potential customers, on a platform famous for being free, would get a slightly less sluggish experience if they buy. Worse, the likelihood is that someone who buys a linux licence will not buy a Windows licence, meaning that all the effort doesn't positively affect Jon's bottom line at all. There's worse than no money in it.

Lastly, Jon charges for yearly licences. Which means people choosing to repurchase do it if, and only if, this year's version has enough new features over last year's version. Dividing across platforms means that, when that year is up, the number and quality of features will be lower; when deciding whether to repurchase, windows users are more likely to choose not to renew.

I say all this because I want Sublime to survive, and I think the idea of a linux version is both perpetual -- people muse about it a regular basis -- and a really, really bad idea for ST.
Maybe what you're looking for is at the http://www.sublimetextwiki.com
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Re: Sublime for Linux :D

Postby EJ12N on Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:52 pm

Lastly, Jon charges for yearly licences. Which means people choosing to repurchase do it if, and only if, this year's version has enough new features over last year's version. Dividing across platforms means that, when that year is up, the number and quality of features will be lower; when deciding whether to repurchase, windows users are more likely to choose not to renew.


I don't think you have to repurchase sublime every year, to my understanding is a one-time fee. The exception is for example sublimetext releases a new "paid upgrade" version. Which I believe would be some massive rework done on it... like for ex, a linux version or something... Anyways this is my understanding of it, if it's not like this then I think Jon can clarify this for us :)

Licenses are per-user, rather than per-machine, so you can enjoy Sublime Text on as many computers as you wish with your license.

All upgrades to Sublime Text are currently free for registered users. If a paid upgrade is released within a year of purchasing a license, you're automatically entitled to that for free too.
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Re: Sublime for Linux :D

Postby tgkeul on Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:53 pm

I agree with SteveCooperOrg. Jon has the freedom to concentrate developement using the operating system of his choice.

After years of programming in Unix and now randomly using Linux I prefer ST in Windows as my main editor. I imagine a Linux port of ST will not feel as good to my fingertips as the origin does.
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