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November 17th, 2009 by Eugene Ostroukhov

I wonder if I’m the only one who can’t remember fancy names for Eclipse releases – Europa, Ganymede, Galileo, Helios. I think it’s not really good that there’s no easy way to memorize them (I wonder if they were meant to be in alphabetical order – if not for “Ganymede” and “Galileo”). Eclipse releases annually – so why doesn’t it has name like “Eclipse 2007”?

So:

Name Platform/JDT/PDE CDT WTP BIRT Site
Callisto 3.2 3.1 1.5 2.1 link
Europa 3.3 4.0 2.0 2.2 link
Ganymede 3.4 5.0 3.0 2.3 link
Galileo 3.5 6.0 3.1 2.5 link
Helios 3.6 link

10 Responses  
  • Ian Bull writes:
    November 17th, 20096:38 pmat

    You forgot the first one, “Callisto” :-),

    http://www.eclipse.org/callisto/

    • Eugene Ostroukhov writes:
      November 17th, 20096:46 pmat

      Thank you. I updated the post

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  • Michael Scharf writes:
    November 17th, 200911:12 pmat

    I hate those names — especially Galileo/Ganymede alway confuses me. Using the same two characters at the beginning ‘Ga’ is very confusing.

    All other names line up nicely in alphabetic order:

    That’s nice: C-E-G-H BUT C-E-Gan-Gal-H

    Galileo was really a bad name

    Michael

  • Michael Scharf writes:
    November 17th, 200911:13 pmat

    I hate those names — especially Galileo/Ganymede alway confuses me. Using the same two characters at the beginning ‘Ga’ is very confusing.

    All other names line up nicely in alphabetic order:

    That’s nice: C-E-G-H BUT C-E-Gan-Gal-H Galileo was really a bad name

    Michael

  • joe writes:
    November 17th, 200911:32 pmat

    truth is that no any eclipse developer ever looks back once his bits got released. ok, maybe some look one release back, but two is reallly ancient. there are some folks at ibm and few other companies who have to deal with older releases for maintenance reasons, but with no chance to talk like humans with alwaystoobusy committers. sorry.

  • Chris Aniszczyk writes:
    November 18th, 20095:57 amat

    The Planning Council is responsible for choosing the release name each year. Last year, we chose Helios after a vetting process. The Planning Council also decided to make the release names monotonic from now on so the next release after Helios will start with I… J… and so on. That should help a bit.

    If you have any ideas on how to improve things, feel free to let the council now via its mailing list.

  • Joerg writes:
    November 18th, 200911:13 amat

    Well, these are all names of moons in our solar system, you know. And if, there is a moon between your current location and the Sun, then you are in a solar eclipse

    Apart from not sticking to a strict alphabetic order in the past, I think these names are perfectly fine. And they are, in fact, really easy to remember, too.

    Kudos to the Planning Council and the projects on the release train for delivering on time – each year. 😉 For my taste, your nice table above is missing another column showing the number of projects releasing together each year.

    Release Trains Projects Release Dates

    Callisto 10 June 30 2006

    Europa 21 June 29 2007

    Ganymede 23 June 25 2008

    Galileo 33 June 24 2009

    Helios ? June ? 2010

  • GiM writes:
    February 25th, 20103:25 pmat

    It’s simple to remember Galileo vs Ganymede, if you think that all three (Callisto, Europa, Ganymede) are Galilean moons :) (Though, It be simpler if those three were ordered by diamiter, mass or distance from Jupiter)

    Any ideas where the name Helios comes from (I suppose not from the sun itself)

    • Eugene Ostroukhov writes:
      February 25th, 20107:09 pmat

      I guess it is sun.


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