What is Lime?
I love the Sublime Text editor. I have created several plugins to make it even better. One thing that scares me though is that it is not open sourced and the pace of nightly releases have recently been anything but nightly, even now that version 3 is out in Beta.
There was a period of about 6 months after the Sublime Text 2 "stable" version was released where pretty much nothing at all was communicated to the users about what to expect in the future, nor was there much support offered in the forums. People including myself were wondering if the product was dead and I personally wondered what would happen to all the bugs, crashes and annoyances that still existed in ST2. This lack of communication is a dealbreaker to me and I decided that I will not spend any more money on that product because of it.
As none of the other text editors I've tried come close to the love I had for Sublime Text, I decided I had to create my own.
The frontend(s) are not ready to replace your favourite editor, but the backend itself I believe isn't too far away.
Why create a clone?
Because I like the architecture of the extensibilities in the original editor.
Want to hack on Lime? Awesome! Here are instructions to get you started. They are probably not perfect, please let us know if anything feels wrong or incomplete.
We are always thrilled to receive pull requests, and do our best to process them as fast as possible. Not sure if that typo is worth a pull request? Do it! We will appreciate it.
If your pull request is not accepted on the first try, don't be discouraged! If there's a problem with the implementation, hopefully you received feedback on what to improve.
Where is a good place to start? We have created an "easy fix" label so you easily find easy issues to start with.
Website and IRC channel
The license of the project is the 2-clause BSD license.