I have been following Atom.io for a hot minute, and it is an editor I am very excited about. I try to keep up with the blog and various news aggregators, but there is always one subject that is mysteriously vague: ChromeOS. The most common references to the OS concerning Atom are usually rants along the line of “Why don’t you support my OS? I want it for (my_os), (other_popular_os), and ChromeOS”. There never is actual information concerning Atom implementation for ChromeOS, and I want to change that.
With that said, I have a question for the dev’s. Other OS’s logically take precedence over ChromeOS due to market size, so it is illogical to ask for a timeline. However, the possibility of support is not yet dictated. Does Git intend to ever (keyword here) give Atom.io support to ChromeOS?
###Thoughts to keep discussion away from the “support my OS” useless threads:
Do you think ChromeOS needs Atom.io?
I think so. The editor market is pretty weak in ChromeOS, with the nearest competitor being Caret, which is much less powerful than Atom.io. The cloud IDE market is developing within ChromeOS, but at the level of maturity it is at I do not think it would be able to compete with the features offered by Atom.io, nor the respect that the Git name brings. ChromeOS seems like a platform that is welcoming to the web developers, something that Atom.io shares. Atom.io would bring features that are only comparable by having multiple specified-use editors, an all-in-one solution (both web and backend language support, offline and online capabilities, code compilation, plugin support) for code development simply does not exist on ChromeOS at this time.
Do you think ChromeOS can fully run Atom.io? I am not sure about this. There are offline-capable chrome apps, but I am not experienced with their development. The size of Atom.io is still moderately lightweight, but compared to the current size of comparable apps concerns are raised. Plugin support seems difficult with the locked-down nature of the OS. However, the Chromium base gives a lot of hope to support, and I have heard rumors that Atom.io was offered on the Chrome App store a while back for a short period of time.
This thread is not for complaining for lack of support, it is for information. If ChromeOS support is slated, I would be ecstatic. If ChromeOS support is a difficult possibility, how can we help ease the porting? If there is no intent for ChromeOS support, a solid answer and reason would be much appreciated.
I have a dream of programmers living on the cloud, and I feel that the Chromebook is the physical embodiment of that. I want the customizable nature of Atom.io to help facilitate that dream.