|Re: Difference between all the versions of Eclipse [message #1752222 is a reply to message #1752215]
||Fri, 20 January 2017 05:53
| Nitin Dahyabhai
Registered: July 2009
1. What is the difference between these packages of Eclipse?|
Those are from different years. They contain older or newer revisions of their contents depending on the year.
2. How do you know which Eclipse package you should use?
Among those listed, which are versions, use the latest. It's what you're pointed to by the big Download button on the front page. Older releases generally do not get further maintenance releases, and they might have their own quirks under newer O.S. and Java Runtime versions. If you genuinely mean which packages of the latest release to use, there's a comparison grid at https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/compare.php?release=neon .
3. Which packages is most commonly used?
Download numbers are shown on https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/eclipse-packages/ , plus they're listed there in descending order.
4. On another note, what is an Eclipse project?
An overloaded term. It might mean any project hosted/centered on eclipse,org; those listed by https://projects.eclipse.org . It might mean the top-level Eclipse Project itself, which provides the Platform, and the Java and Plug-in development tools used to author Eclipse Plug-ins. Colloquially it's often used to refer to a project that would existing within an Eclipse user's workspace.
5 and 6 don't really make a lot of sense to me.
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