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[cross-project-issues-dev] EF plans to raise awareness of Java 8 support

I had previously posted this under the "Kepler SR3 for Java 8?" thread, but I think that was a mistake. Rather than hijacking that thread I am going to start a new one.

Just so everyone knows, the Eclipse Foundation is considering taking the following steps to raise awareness of our Java 8 support. This is coming partially as a result from feedback we got from this week's Javaland conference in Germany where a number of developers made it very clear that they had no idea that Eclipse supported Java 8 at all. Apparently only announcing these things on our internal lists isn't sufficient :)

Please note that all of this will be done with exactly what we have today. None of this will require any actions on behalf of the Eclipse, EPP or other teams.
  1. We are going to create a Community Bulletin announcing Java 8 support that will appear on our home page.
  2. We are going to create a web page which clearly documents how to get an install our existing Java 8 support for both Kepler SR2 and the Luna builds.
  3. We are going to put a banner on the downloads page (e.g. "Looking for Java 8 support?") which links to (2) above.
  4. We are going to create an (or update the existing) Eclipse Marketplace entry for the Kepler SR2 Java 8 feature
    1. This will allow a drag-and-drop install into a Kepler SR2 workbench.
    2. This will allow discovery and installation via the Marketplace Client (MPC).
  5. We are going to make this Marketplace entry a "featured product" which will make it visible on the Marketplace website and in the MPC.
  6. [TBC] We are going to make the Java 8 support a "featured download" to give it some prominence on the download page.
We welcome any comments or feedback.

Mike Milinkovich

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