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26 January 2012, 16:44

Eclipse Juno's successor will be named Kepler

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The Eclipse Foundation has decided that the name of the successor to Juno, the currently in-development simultaneous release of Eclipse projects, will be Kepler. Almost half of the more than 200 participants that took part in the survey, launched in December 2011, chose the German astronomer. This is the second time an Eclipse simultaneous release has been named after an astronomer; a previous release was named Galileo.

Johanes Kepler (1571-1630) was a key figure in 17th century science, probably best known for his laws of planetary motion. The result of the survey means that Kepler will therefore be the name of the development based on the Eclipse 4.3 platform due to arrive in June 2013.

Each year, in June, the open source organisation coordinates the release of Eclipse development projects in a release train which provides a complete refresh of Eclipse projects for the coming year – earlier simultaneous releases went by the names Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, Galileo, Helios, and Indigo. The currently in-development Juno release, due in June 2012, will be the first version of the Eclipse platform in the 4.x development track.


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