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The following are the minimum required in order for a project to be considered Long Term Support (LTS) ready:

Code Repository

  • A distributed version control system capable of pushing branches from repository to repository. This repository should be one that is supported at the Eclipse Foundation. (e.g. Git)


A build that

    1. Can be cloned/checked out with one step
    2. Is documented
    3. Is version controlled
    4. Is automated
    5. Is deterministic given the same source code and third party libraries
    6. Is easily reproducible on suitably-configured systems TODO: Can we define this a little better?
    7. Can refer to compilers and other tools from a configurable location
    8. Capable of building without needing an active Internet connection
    9. Capable of pulling dependencies from a known controlled source (e.g. Orbit, Maven,, etc.)
    10. Adheres to Eclipse IP policies (esp. with regards to third party code)

Bug Tracking

  • Bugs managed in Bugzilla, and possible to have appropriate meta data to manage and track bugs routed to each LTS release version

Release Management

  • Was released as part of the annual simultaneous release

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