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Linux Tools Project

Revision as of 15:35, 17 January 2007 by (Talk | contribs) (added links to logs and irc channel)

Welcome to the home page for the Eclipse Linux Distributions Project. If you use Eclipse on Linux and are interested in promoting the adoption of Eclipse as an application development environment for the Linux platform, we urge you to get involved and help us out.


The goals of our project are:

  • Simplify the creation of Eclipse packages (RPM and deb) for Linux platforms, and standardize the process for doing so across multiple distributions of Linux.
  • Connect the Eclipse Update Mechanism with the Linux multi-user system model.
  • Create more Linux Development Tools for Eclipse, for example:
    • GNU Autotools support
    • GNU ChangeLog support
    • RPM Spec file editors
    • and more...
  • Work within the open source community to promote adoption of Eclipse on Linux
  • Plans for GNU Autotools support


Debugging Eclipse GCJ Problems - a tutorial on how to debug Eclipse GCJ problems.

Fedora Eclipse Packages - details the inter-dependancies of the Fedora Eclipse packages.

Linux Packaging Tasks - a list of tasks that need to be completed for the various Linux distro's Eclipse packages.

FHS Compliant Packages - an overview what changes were needed to make the Fedora Eclipse packages FHS and multilib compatible.

Team meetings

If you're interested in contributing to this project or just want to ask question regarding Eclipse and Linux, feel free to join us on IRC:

Logs from past meetings


Original Project Proposal to the Eclipse Foundation.

Project Mailing List


The project currently has involved participants from the following distributions (in alphabetical order):


Packaging Status



The creation review was a success and the project was approved. Thanks to Andrew Overholt for all his hard work!


We will be holding a BOF at LinuxWorld San Francisco 2006 for our project. Here are the details:

Title: BOF 16 - Eclipse on Linux Project

Date: August 16, 2006 6:00 p.m.

Place: Room 306, LinuxWorld Expo at Moscone Center, San Francisco

Presenter: Cory Aitchison, Novell


The Eclipse on Linux project is focused on promoting the adoption of Eclipse as an application development environment for Linux. At this BOF session we will discuss the issues surrounding the packaging of Eclipse for Linux and proposed standards in this regard. We will also discuss existing and lacking tools within Eclipse for Linux, and how to address the shortcomings.

If you have suggestions for agenda items or topics, please post them to the mailing list. If you are planning on attending LinuxWorld, please come and support the BOF. Help us promote the adoption of Eclipse on Linux!

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