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The Atom text editor, newly introduced by the GitHub team, looks like "a hackable text editor for the 21st Century", and I must say, the screenshots have lured me. Official binaries are only available for OS X. After going open-source many have created their own binaries, and some even added them to repos. But when reading a tutorial on installation I read this:

Currently Atom only works on 64-bit (on Linux) so if you use Ubuntu 32-bit, you can't install it by using this PPA and not even by compiling it for yourself.

So is there any way to install it on Ubuntu 13.10 32-bit? Maybe 64-bit emulation or something?

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Sorry. I don't think so. The world is moving to 64bit. If your CPU supports 64bit architecture, you are highly advised to upgrade to 64bit Ubuntu regardless of how much of RAM you have –  Naveen May 17 at 17:44
I guess the 21st century doesn't use 32 bit machines... :( –  Ajedi32 Jun 10 at 13:26
@Naveen And how do I know my machine supports 64bit architecture? Google has been unwilling to offer a way. –  user280208 Jun 10 at 13:28
Atom is now released for 32bit: webupd8.org/2014/06/atom-text-editor-available-for-linux.html –  Naveen Jun 13 at 13:20
@Naveen Finally! Ohhhh yeah! –  user280208 Jun 13 at 16:06

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Sorry, there is no way to run 64bit binaries on 32bit hardware (that i'm aware of). I couldn't even install a 64bit operating system in Virtualbox on my 32bit laptop.

But if you only want 32bit Atom text editor:

Linux build is currently 64bit-only, because we only have 64bit libchromiumcontent and atom-shell on Linux for now.


I think we can expect a 32bit version some time soon.

Your cpu is 32bit if in 'cat /proc/cpuinfo |grep flags' there's no 'lm' listed.

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Atom text editor is currently available for Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04 and 14.10 from the Atom text editor PPA with different builds for 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Atom text editor can be installed from the terminal by running the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install atom 

For more information about Atom text editor visit Atom 0.154.0 Available in PPA.

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