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Gobby 0.4.0 (stable version)
Original author(s) Armin Burgmeier
Developer(s) 0x539 dev group
Stable release 0.5.0 / August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24)
Written in C++, C.[1]
Operating system Unix, Windows
Type Text editor
License GNU GPLv2+[2]
Website gobby.0x539.de

Gobby is a free software collaborative real-time editor available on Windows and Unix-like platforms. (It runs on Mac OS X using Apple's X11.app.) It was initially released in June 2005 by the 0x539 dev group.[3] (The hexadecimal value 0x539 is equal to 1337 in decimal.) Gobby uses GTK+ for its GUI widgets.

It features a client-server architecture which supports multiple documents in one session, document synchronisation on request, password protection and an IRC-like chat for communication out of band. Users can choose a colour to highlight the text they have written in a document. Gobby is fully Unicode-aware, provides syntax highlighting for most programming languages and has basic Zeroconf support.[4]

A dedicated server called Sobby is also provided, together with a script which could format saved sessions for the web (e.g. to provide logs of meetings with a collaboratively prepared transcript). The collaborative editing protocol is named Obby, and there are other implementations that use this protocol (e.g. Rudel [2], a plugin for GNU Emacs). Gobby 0.5 replaces Sobby with a new server called infinoted.[5]

Version 0.4.0 featured fully encrypted connections and further usability enhancements.[6]

Versions numbered 0.4.9x are preview releases for version 0.5.0. The most noticeable improvement is undo support,[7] using the adOPTed algorithm for concurrency control.[8]

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