A group of hackers from the
the Fast Free Eclipse Prize:
Andrew Haley and Tom Tromey led a team of gcj (GNU Compiler for Java)
hackers at Red Hat who won the Fast Free Eclipse prize. The Fast Free
Eclipse challenge was to produce a free and fast version of the
Eclipse development environment that would run on a completely Free
Software system like GNU/Linux. Tom and Andrew not only accomplished
all the goals of the original challenge, but they went far beyond that
to produce the fasted Eclipse based development environment to
date. This accomplishment means that the Free Software movement now
has another high productivity environment for creating software that
can be freely used, modified and distributed.
is a kind of universal tool platform - an open extensible IDE for anything and nothing in particular."
The Eclipse project FAQ is quite comprehensive, it
covers many questions about the project.
Eclipse is an open source software development project dedicated to providing a robust, full-featured, commercial-quality, industry platform for the development of highly integrated tools. It is composed of three projects, the Eclipse Project, the Eclipse Tools Project and the EclipseTechnology Project, each of which is overseen by a Project Management Committee (PMC) and governed by its Project Charter.
Eclipse is being distributed under IBM's
Common Public License.
Downloads of Eclipse are available
RPM packages of
Natively compiled Eclipse,
as well as dependency packages have been made available by Red Hat.
Thanks to Mark Wielaard.
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