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Re: [eclipse-dev] Re: [e4-dev] Eclipse Project 4.0 Release

There could of course be many nuances missed by Google translate but the article seemed mostly like a distillation of John's recent e4/Eclipse 4.0 clarification post. I don't think they particularly cast the situation differently (at least not by that translation).

The problems with expectation that arise are inherent in the naming (Eclipse 4.0). As discussed that naming implicitly leads one to believe that this is "the Eclipse 4.0 SDK" and it is the "logical successor to 3.6".   If we are not comfortable with everyone downloading and using it, then the naming should reflect that with some sort of qualifier (e.g., "Preview", "Beta", "Early Availability", ...).  IMHO this sends a clear, representative and appropriate message to the community.

Boris' interview article pointed out that we are targetting the 2011 release train. This is nice positioning. It may be a little to subtle however.  That is, its not clear that people will say "hmm, its not on the simultaneous release so it is not stable/bug-free/..." (frankly, we don;t want to promote that idea either). Perhaps we can combine the approaches and talk about the upcoming Eclipse 4.0 SDK as the "Indigo/Isaac preview"?


On 2010-04-28, at 6:16 AM, Gunnar Wagenknecht wrote:

> Am 20.04.2010 17:34, schrieb John Arthorne:
>> Unfortunately, what we as the project developers think the version
>> number means won't help if the wider consumer community and media have
>> different expectations. It's clearly important that we get the message
>> out about what this release means, who its audience is, and what
>> developers and end users should expect from it.
> Speaking of expectations. A press article is out:
> It's written in German. They way I read it, expectations are set that
> this is *the* Eclipse 4.0 SDK, a logical successor to 3.6, everybody may
> start to download and use once it is out. Is that the message we intend
> to deliver?
> -Gunnar
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