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14 May 2010, 11:37

Google and Eclipse launch open source lab

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Eclipse Labs Logo Google and the Eclipse Foundation have announced the launch of Eclipse Labs, a Google hosted portal that will feature open source projects based on the Eclipse platform. Using the portal, developers can start and maintain their Eclipse-based open source projects.

According to a post on the Google Code blog by Google Project Hosting Product Manager Ali Pasha, the Eclipse Foundation approached Google with "an idea to encourage the Eclipse ecosystem." Pasha says that the goal of the collaboration is to improve the visibility of unofficial add-on projects and that the developers hope it "will help popular projects get on the path to becoming Eclipse Foundation projects."

Google has already migrated two projects over to the portal, a new project called Workspace Mechanic for Eclipse, aimed at providing easy migration of enterprise workspace settings for Eclipse developers and an Eclipse plug-in for the Google Project Hosting issue tracker called Project Hosting Connector for Mylyn.

A beta version of Eclipse Labs is hosted on Google Project Hosting and the developers welcome feedback. The default license will be the Eclipse Public License (EPL), however, users can choose other licenses available on Google Code.

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