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FAQ How can my users tell where Eclipse ends and a product starts?
You cannot see where Eclipse ends and a product starts, and this is intentional. The platform itself is written entirely as a set of plug-ins, and the product plug-ins simply join the “soup of swimming plug-ins.” To bring some order to the chaos, the platform does maintain a history of configurations. When a new plug-in is installed, a new configuration is created. To obtain insights into the current configuration of the platform and its update history, consult either Help > About... > Configuration Details or the Update Manager. There you can discover the installed plug-ins that are part of the Eclipse Platform and those that were installed afterward.
Having said that, an Eclipse-based product can exert a certain amount of branding on the appearance of the final application. In particular, a product will usually replace the workbench window icon and splash screen. The product can also configure a set of preferences that will ship as the defaults for users of that product. See Chapter 14 for more details on productizing an Eclipse offering.
This FAQ was originally published in Official Eclipse 3.0 FAQs. Copyright 2004, Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. This text is made available here under the terms of the Eclipse Public License v1.0.