Eclipse 4.3 SR1 again silently released!

28 September 2013, by: Arjan Tijms

Again rather silently, the Eclipse organization yesterday released the first maintenance release of Eclipse 4.3; Eclipse 4.3.1 aka Eclipse Kepler SR1.

Surprisingly (or maybe not), this event again isn’t noted on the main homepage at eclipse.org or at the recent activity tracker. There also don’t seem to be any release notes, like the ones we had for the 4.3 release.

It seems these days the Eclipse home page is about anything and nothing except the thing we most closely associate with the term “Eclipse”; the Eclipse IDE. Seemingly the IDE itself is by far not as important as “Concierge Creation Review Scheduled” and “Web-based BPM with Stardust”.

Once again, fiddling with Bugzilla gave me a list of 112 bugs that are fixed in core packages.

Hopefully this fix will remedy the random crashes I’ve experienced in Ubuntu 13.04, but I’m not holding my breath.

The good people at the WTP project did feel like posting about this event on their homepage with a link and short description to the 3.5.1 release of WTP. Again, the new and noteworthy keeps pointing to the previous release, but there’s a list of 51 fixed bugs available.

Community reporting seems to have reached a historically low. There’s one enthusiastic user who created a rather minimalistic forum post about it, and that’s pretty much it. Maybe a few lone tweets, but nothing major.

Is the community and the Eclipse organization loosing interesting in Eclipse, or is it just that SR releases aren’t that exciting?

10 comments to “Eclipse 4.3 SR1 again silently released!”

  1. Niccolò Brogi says:

    I don’t think a maintenance release is that newsworthy. Eclipse is my editor of choice, but really I haven’t noticed any major change at all since I started using it (version 3.something).

    I like hierarchy view, syntax checking as you type for PHP, and autocomplete using functions and classes within the project, and haven’t found these features or to work as well in other IDEs for PHP/Mac, but really they’re a lot behind—let’s say—Sublime Text or Coda, and they haven’t released any meaningful new feature since forever in my opinion.

    I guess people are just moving on to more active editors or IDEs…

  2. Zachary says:

    Found the official changelog for you: http://leonsbuddydave.tumblr.com/post/42394969682/eclipse-4-3-changelog-added-the-word-eclipse

  3. Andre P. says:

    Well, is it Eclipse that the community is losing interest in, or the whole Java environment?

  4. Arjan Tijms says:

    I don’t think a maintenance release is that newsworthy.

    Apparently not, but there’s still a great amount of testing and planning done for it and it does changes the version number. Not mentioning it on the homepage, not even in a small headline anywhere is just IMHO peculiar.

    Eclipse is my editor of choice, but really I haven’t noticed any major change at all since I started using it (version 3.something).

    There have been some major changes, like the entire WTP system that wasn’t there before, but a co-worker of my managed to start up Eclipse 1.0 a while back and compared it head to head with Eclipse 4.2. While there were some differences, the dialogs for creating a new Java project were eerily similar.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Eclipse KEPLER is way slow… suck

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  7. Brett says:

    “Hopefully this fix will remedy the random crashes I’ve experienced in Ubuntu 13.04, but I’m holding my breath.”

    The idiom would actually be “I am NOT holding my breath”…unless you really do expect that they will fix it soon – otherwise you will die! ;)

  8. Arjan Tijms says:

    You’re right, thanks for the correction.

    Unfortunately I have already experienced the freeze and then the inevitable crash after the upgrade, so it’s indeed better NOT to be holding my breath ;) This is almost certainly going to take a long time to be fixed. -sigh-

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