This article says that Eclipse 3.3 requires a Java 5 Runtime Environment. This conflicts with  which seems to imply that JRE 1.4.2 is still generally acceptable even with Eclipse 3.4, and that if anything it depends on whether you use the EE package or not ("Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers requires a Java5 JRE"). Which of them is correct? Petef310.fordy.org 15:02, 25 September 2008 (UTC)
Some parts of Eclipse will run on JRE 1.4 or older. Some parts require 5.0 or 6.0. The Java EE bundle, because in addition to Eclipse includes EMF 2.4 (a requirement for the Web Tools project), prereqs 5.0. If you run that bundle with Java 1.4, you will only get partial function because all the plugins that need 5.0 will be disabled. --nickb 15:49, 25 September 2008 (UTC)
Installer can't find JRE
Regarding Indigo c/c++ Windows xp/64 install. JRE is installed but it's not in the expected path. The installer doesn't give any options to change the path. Could we have a PROPER installation explanation? Perhaps a proper installer ...
There are a few different options with regard to the location of the JRE. The FAQ describes how Eclipse finds the JVM. A proper installer would be cool. There have been a few starts on building one. We rely on the developer community to put resources into building it and there just hasn't been a strong drive to do so. --wayne June 2012
Article doesn't actually say anything about installing Eclipse itself.
This article doesn't say ANYTHING at all about what one needs to do to install Eclipse itself. The other information is certainly useful and necessary, but really should be under the heading of "Dependencies" or something like that.
Sure it does. It's the part about decompressing the downloaded archive. --wayne June 2012