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Monday, July 18, 2005

Saskatoon: bearing fruit, sort of

Last winter I started a fork of Smultron called Saskatoon (note the weird-berry-names-starting-with-S theme). Some great people signed on to the project and we hacked away for while; but after a couple months it got very quiet. I got a new job, and people have lives, and TextWrangler went freeware, and Smultron got updated... So, I could have just pretended it never happened, but instead we're releasing the Saskatoon source code today. Since we never had a binary release, this isn't strictly necessary under the terms of the license, but there's no reason not to do it. Some of it may be of use in Smultron or other projects. Certain features we were implementing still don't exist in any open source Cocoa text editor. And I feel obliged to publicly close the thing here where it started.

I learned a lot along the way and I plan to jump into another open source project again very soon. It's likely to be a web framework rather than a desktop app, and something already established rather than a new fork.

Thanks to everyone who contributed. It was fun for me, and I hope it was fun for you.


  • I should add that if, for some crazy reason, somebody wants to keep this thing going, I'm happy to hand over the SF project.

    With 12 downloads in the past 24 hours we're now in the top 3% most active Sourceforge projects. I guess there's a little dead wood in there...

    By pbx, at 3:30 PM  

  • btw, if you wish to see the last version of the icon can view it here.

    anyone who'd like to take the project and needs the icon, just tell me via my website.

    i'd just like to add that it was great working with paul bissex; and hopefully someone will continue his work in the future.

    By kris, at 8:46 PM  

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