on my Ubuntu 16.04 box atom does not launch at all. I can get the help message but nothing else.
I tried all the suggestions in the debug guide but nothing helps: invoking from the command line returns almost immediately without any message and without any window coming up. None of the suggested flags (like .–safe) makes a difference nor does deleting the ~/.atom directory. It tried the .deb as well as the .tar.gz, neither seems to work.
Atom : 1.25.1
Chrome : 58.0.3029.110
Node : 7.9.0
ps: other GUIs (like emacs or xclock have no such problem, of course)