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Eclipse gains Java app management runtime

Mar 17, 2008 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

As expected, the Eclipse Foundation has formally adopted a community project to implement OSGi (open services gateway initiative) standards for Java application software management on mobile and embedded devices. The “Eclipse Runtime” or “Eclipse RT” project was announced at the organization's annual EclipseCon conference today in Santa Clara, Calif.

Standards from the OSGi Alliance define a component model for Java software that is often used to manage mobile and embedded clients. The standard was originally developed for embedded devices in connected homes, such as set-top boxes. It has since been used to pilot model airplanes and make wireless routers hackable, among other high-profile uses. OSGi standard have also gained a lot of traction in the home automation industry, as well as in software lifecycle management on servers.

A couple of years ago, the OSGi Forum's Service Platform R4.0 standard benefited from a patent pledge from IBM, Nokia, Samsung, ProSyst, and Gatespace Telematics. Among other benefits, the pledge made it possible for the Equinox project to begin implementing R4.0. Now, the implementation has been recognized as an official Eclipse project, it appears.

More details can be found in eWEEK coverage here.

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