Gobby - a collaborative text editor

Gobby screenshot

I have heard of Gobby many times now, but when Daniel Stone blogged about it today, I finally decided to give it a try.

For those who don't yet know what I'm talking about:

Gobby is a free collaborative editor based on libobby, a library which provides synced document buffers. It supports multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix-like platforms.

One apt-get install gobby later, I was astounded as to how mature it already feels. I think Gobby will be of great benefit when taking notes during conferences, talks and so on. It could also prove invaluable as a pair programming tool.

Anyways, I already hear you crying "but SubEthaEdit has been doing this for ages", which is true. But:

  • Gobby is GPL'd, SubEthaEdit is not.
  • Gobby is a cross-platform tool, SubEthaEdit is not (I don't own no Mac, you insensitive clod!).

There you have it.

(via Daniel Stone)