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Downloads page is confusing - questions and suggestions [message #576048] Thu, 21 February 2008 00:14
Kevin McGuire is currently offline Kevin McGuireFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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Hi guys,

I'd like to be a good sport and try out the EPP projects because I think
they're a great idea. But I find the EPP downloads page
http://www.eclipse.org/epp/download.php
confusing and I couldn't actually download what I was expecting I could.

Some comments:

1) Should be organized by project:

The reason that I went to this page is not that I care about every EPP,
but that I care about a particular one. In this case, I was referred
here by the webtools 3.4 M5 page
http://download.eclipse.org/webtools/downloads/drops/R3.0/S- 3.0M5-20080218021547/
that asks if folks could please try out the EPP project occassionally.

The resulting EPP page thus confused me initially because I was
confronted with a table with build IDs along the top. I'd suggest that
there be a different build/download page for each packaging project to
focus on the packaging the person cares about - less overwhealming and I
could've been linked to the right spot from the webtools page.

2) Couldn't find the download:

If I click in the table on the topmost "Success" for say JEE, or any of
the other successes, I get what appears to be the build result script.
Where's the actual download?

3) Missing milestone granularity:

I really don't want to download a nightly build, what I'd like to
download is something that represents a given milestone of the contained
projects, just like I would for those individual projects. That way
there's at least a chance that it'll work, and there's something known
to log bugs against. But the table only shows the last four autobuilds
that only takes me back two days, and I didn't see an archive.

So in total the page was a complete failure for me, which is a shame.

The more we can increase the consumability of this page, the more we can
increase use of the packaging projects prior to GA, which seems a good
thing.

Cheers,
Kevin
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