The results are in...

Eclipse Release Train 2013 to be called Kepler

Chris Mayer
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We now know the identity of next year’s release but how is Juno fairing?

The community votes have been counted and verified and we can
now reveal that 2013’s Eclipse Release Train will bear the name
Kepler. Keeping with the astronomy theme, the Eclipse fraternity
chose to give a nod to the German astronomer, the forefather of the
rules of planetary motion. Or perhaps it was following the trend of
naming new planets after him? Either way, it seems the perfect name
for a banner Eclipse release.

Kepler fiercely fought off competition from Kari,
Kratos, Ketu, Koronis and Kuiper to secure the honour, although in
the end it was a pretty clear victory for Kepler, in the 213 votes
cast.

  • Kari: 13%
  • Kratos: 14%
  • Kepler: 48%
  • Ketu: 6%
  • Koronis: 8%
  • Kuiper: 10%

The previous release followed this near-perfect alphabetical
galatic pattern, often being named after Jupiter’s moons:

  • 2006 – Callisto
  • 2007 – Europa
  • 2008 – Ganymede
  • 2009 – Galileo
  • 2010 – Helios
  • 2011 – Indigo
  • 2012 – Juno
  • 2013 – Kepler

So we can finally look forward to next year’s release
train now that it has a identity. But what of this year’s release
Juno? After slight setbacks, it appears that we will see
the Eclipse SDK R4.2 become part of the release train
which is great news for the entire Eclipse community. Juno is seen
as a big moment in Eclipse’s history, waving goodbye to the 3x
releases and ushering in the 4x series for good. This will see
Eclipse offer long-term support for the latter, rather than the
current two-pronged approach and this can only be a good thing,
seeing them dedicate all their effort towards the future. There’s
still time yet to get involved with Juno though!

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