As for your forest analogy, it has a hole in it.
It would be fairer to say that everyone was given a big pile of wood and a hammer. Jon just had the brains to build the house. We all have the tools, so what's stopping you from building you're own house in the forest? Nothing. So why be upset that Jon wants to charge people for staying in his house? And it's not like he's forced to share his house. What if Jon build Sublime Text and didn't even sell it? He just had it sitting on his computer and his alone. Would you be mad? He's not taking anything away or adding anything, but he used the tools he was given.
As for the original concerns from the post, Yes. There are limitations to having Sublime Text as closed source. But so be it.
Anyway, I'm done talking about stupid forests... Back to building [spoiler]SMART Snippets[/spoiler]
@castles: instead of talking about trees and hammers, answer your messages and teach me bout custom binding contexts.