Smultron and Lingon Developer Hangs Up Hat



If you were to navigate to or today, you would see the following text on your screen:


First of all I’d like to thank you for your interest in my applications. But I have now come to a point where I don’t have the time to spend on the applications that they deserve so I have decided to not release any more versions for the foreseeable future.


Peter Borg”

Lingon is a utility to assist managing the launchd process. I covered Lingon in-depth back in February, and it has been a fantastic, easy-to-use tool for managing my custom scripts. The current version can still be downloaded from Alternatives include Apple’s (s aapl) commandline tool launchctl, and the $5 shareware tool launchd Editor.

Smultron is a fully featured popular text-editor and was one of the first applications I downloaded when I moved over from Windows to the OS X world in 2007. Most importantly, it’s lightweight, fast and boasts a great-looking syntax highlighter, among other tools. It, too, can still be downloaded from
Of course, there are heaps of alternative text editors for OS X, from the commercial offerings, like Textmate, SubEthaEdit and BBEdit, to the free TextWrangler.

Being open-source projects, hopefully somebody will take over maintaining these two very useful applications. In the meantime, both applications continue to work fine on both Leopard and Snow Leopard, and until they don’t, I’m happy to continue using them. So I’ll just say, thanks very much, Peter for those two great applications. Your efforts have been most appreciated.



Smultron is great, I hope someone can pick up the development. Thank you Peter!


I love Smultron – the best free editor out there. Absolutely fantastic project. Use it all the time! To Peter: good luck with your future products. Very sad that you are unable to continue with this. Talented guy.


I eventually moved from Smultron to Textmate, but it’s sad he’s leaving. Lingon in particular rocked and I hope someone else takes over the code.


If Peter is reading this…THANK YOU SO MUCH! I use Smultron regularly. And I will continue to use it until it no longer meets my needs. Hopefully other developer(s) will pick up the project.

Erik Westrup

Thanks Peter Borg. I first tried Smultron late 2007 when I switch to MAC from PC (Ubuntu to OS X) and I loved it and have continued to use it ever since. I use it on a daily basis and to pretty much everything from there. I really hope someone will take over the Smultron-project.


Thank you, Peter, for your generous, thoughtful and helpful donation of time and work over the years.

Good fortune in your further ventures.



You know? If you give up/abandon your app, the least you could do is make it open source for the hundreds or thousands of users you just left high and dry.


Duh! Right there in the article… For your sake, I hope you’re trolling…


“Being open-source projects, hopefully somebody will take over maintaining these two very useful applications.”

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