I was very sad to have ST4 forced on me yesterday as part of a routine package update on my dev box. Due to poor communication from the ST team (invalidating my license without warning or choice)
The update is not forced on anyone. Users are prompted, but not forced to install an update. You can roll back to a previous version if unhappy with the current.
All new builds, if released more than 3 years after when you purchased your license, will let you know that your license is too old. But all previous builds are still usable. This check is based on when the build was released. So any build that was released in the 3 year range in which you purchased your license will continue to work.
bad planning for compatibility on settings management (https://github.com/sublimehq/sublime_text/issues/4218 ) and a product that was not ready for use ( cursor no longer blinks, the cursor does not moved to where I click in the file, and right clicking does not clear text selections, among many other issue making st4 an non functional anoyance rather then a productivity tool).
These things are subjective. If you do not like that ST4 uses your old config, just create a
Sublime Text folder side by side with the old
Sublime Text 3 folder and ST4 will no longer use your old config.
No software is ever bug free, and many people have been testing ST4 before release, but when opening to a wider audience, new issues are bound to be found.
Farewell and best of luck to those of you sticking it out on the ST4.
With all of that said, everyone is free to make their own choices, and if you feel ST4 no longer suits you, that is a personal choice and completely understandable. Maybe some of the above points are helpful, but if not, that is fine.
Whether with Sublime Text or some other editor, hopefully, you’ll find something that works well for you. If this is truly goodbye, then good luck with whatever direction you’ve chosen!