Eclipse Labs

Third Hosting Option for Eclipse Related Projects

Eclipse have announced a brand new Eclipse area on Google Code: Eclipse Labs.

Originally proposed as an Eclipse Foundation affiliated forge in December 2009 by Mike Milinkovich, the idea attracted so much positive community feedback that Eclipse approached the team running the Project Hosting at Google Code with the idea, and they accepted.

Eclipse Labs takes the hosting options for Eclipse oriented open source projects up to three. Eclipse projects can now be proposed with the Eclipse Foundation, created at one of the existing forges, such as SourceForge, Codehaus, or Google Code itself, or set up shop in the Eclipse Labs.

The Labs gives users access to an issue tracking system, a Subversion or Mercurial source code repository and a project web site. All of the licenses available at Google Code, are open to Eclipse Labs users, although the default is the EPL. Similarly, Eclipse Labs projects are encouraged to use the org.eclipselabs namespace, but it is not a requirement.

The project owners will be encouraged to create tags or labels describing their project, which can be searched using the Eclipse Labs API. According to the announcement, another API will soon become available for bringing Eclipse Labs projects to the Eclipse Marketplace.

Please note that Eclipse Labs projects are not official Eclipse projects, and therefore cannot use the org.eclipse namespace, be included in the Release Train or Packages, or call themselves Eclipse Projects.

“Our hope is that Eclipse Labs quickly grows to a larger number of projects than are already hosted at the Eclipse Foundation. We need to make it as easy as possible for someone to open source their awesome Eclipse based technology,” said Mike Milinkovich.

Jessica Thornsby

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