Developers running Linux come from all parts of the programming world. Some write Perl scripts, some program in PHP or Python, while others look forward to a good Tcl. It doesn't matter which language you code in, programming on Linux just got slicker with ActiveState's Komodo 3.1.

ActiveState, the leading provider of tools and services for dynamic languages, today released Komodo 3.1, the newest version of the award-winning professional integrated development environment (IDE). Komodo 3.1 now offers cross-platform developers a GTK2+ based user interface, improved Linux desktop integration, faster debugging with Python, support for Subversion, improved UTF-8 and PHP5 support, and increased performance on Linux.

"The GTK2+ based interface is key to this Linux savvy release," says Shane Caraveo, Komodo Tech Lead at ActiveState. Caraveo says, "Users of modern Linux distributions can now customize and tweak the look and feel of the Komodo interface on Linux. Fonts are clearer, the editor moves smoother, and the interface is snappier."

Richard Monson-Haefel, a Senior Analyst with the Burton Group, supports Linux IDEs like Komodo that specialize in open source languages. Monson-Haefel says, "Dynamic languages like PHP, Perl, and Python are becoming increasingly important in enterprise development. In order for these powerful languages to be useful in the enterprise, IT needs full-featured IDEs like ActiveState's Komodo 3.1."

Komodo 3.1 is built on top of the same framework as Firefox, the Mozilla Foundation's popular open source Web browser. Komodo also continues to showcase other open source technologies, including: Scintilla, Python, SQLite, GTK2, and libxslt.

Free evaluation versions of Komodo 3.1 are available online: http://www.ActiveState.com/komodo-ide