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Eclipse Foundation Releases 10 Open Source Projects

Demonstrates The Predictability Of Open Source Software Development For Large Scale Projects

The Eclipse Foundation announced the release of 10 Eclipse open source projects. This release event, named Callisto, is one of the largest multi-project releases undertaken by an open source community. The roll-out of Callisto marks the third consecutive year Eclipse has shipped a major release on schedule.

Callisto was a major undertaking for the Eclipse community, involving 10 different project teams, 260 committers and over 7 million lines of code. Demonstrating the multi-vendor and global nature of the Eclipse community, 15 different ISVs contributed open source developers to work on the projects included in Callisto. Those developers were located around the globe in 12 different countries; Canada, US, Finland, Turkey, China, France, Russia, Czech Republic, India, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

“Callisto demonstrates that the open source development model is very effective in delivering a platform for software development,” says Mike Milinkovich, executive director of Eclipse Foundation. “Last year, when we first started the Callisto release, it was a risk to try to bring together so many projects. Now the Eclipse projects have proven that a multi-project, multi-vendor, distributed community is very effective in shipping software on a predictable schedule.”

A major emphasis of Callisto is to make it easier for organizations, such as ISVs and enterprise developers, to adopt Eclipse as the platform for application development. Adopters are able to benefit from Eclipse’s modular architecture to use a variety of different Eclipse projects to build their applications. Callisto provides a single release event that synchronizes version compatibility and schedules. ISVs planning to use the projects in the Callisto release include Actuate, AvantSoft, BEA, Borland, Business Objects, IBM, ILOG, Innoopract, Intalio, Intervoice, Klocwork, Lattix, LogicLibrary, Lombardi, Lynxworks, Oracle, QNX and Scapa Technologies.

Callisto includes major functional release of the following Eclipse projects:

Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) 2.1
C/C++ IDE (CDT) 3.1
Data Tools Platform (DTP) 1.0
Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) 2.2
Graphical Editor Framework (GEF) 3.2
Graphical Modeling Framework (GMF)1.0
Eclipse Project 3.2
Test and Performance Tools Platform (TPTP) 4.2,
Web Tools Platform (WTP) 1.5
Visual Editor (VE) 1.2.

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