This is just a heads up that with Luna SR1 the formerly called “Eclipse Standard” package is no longer available. It has been renamed to “Eclipse IDE for Committers“.
For details/background please have a look at bug 441957.
The main reason for this change is because the name “Eclipse Standard” meant very different things for people so we decided on a name which clearly identifies the target audience of that package. It contains tools for Java and OSGi/Plug-in development and the source code of Eclipse itself. The history of that package is the Eclipse SDK which IMO shouldn’t be a recommended standard download of Eclipse.
What do you recommend for someone just got told to download “Eclipse”?
Eclipse IDE for Java Developers
Honestly, it has everything you need these days and it’s not to heavy. Even if you don’t need it for Java development I still recommend it as a better option than starting with a vanilla Eclipse Platform Runtime Binary.
But what if I just want an unbranded bare minimum Eclipse?
Here are the steps I suggest in order to build your own Eclipse base:
- Download an Platform Runtime Binary archive from http://download.eclipse.org/eclipse/downloads/
- Unzip to your local disc and start Eclipse
- Install the Eclipse Marketplace Client
- Got to Help → Install New Software…
- Select Work with: Luna – http://download.eclipse.org/releases/luna
- Check General Purpose Tools → Marketplace Client
- Click Next
- Review the installation details and click Next
- Accept the license and click Finish
- Restart Eclipse
Now you have an absolute bare minimum, unbranded Eclipse package built by yourself. From here it’s easy to install additional plug-ins from the Eclipse Marketplace (got to Help → Eclipse Marketplace…).
I recommend at least the following plug-ins:
- Git Team Provider (EGit)
- Subversion support via Subversive or Subclipse
- AnyEdit Tools
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