Beagle Board and Eclipse Distros

By Doug Schaefer

We had a meeting a few days ago amongst interested parties in an
Eclipse IDE distribution for embedded. The idea would be to do
something like I’m doing with Wascana which is supposed to make it easy
for developers using open source tools, students especially, to get
them up and running on Windows, and in turn showcase the features of
the CDT in that environment. The idea of doing this for embedded would
be to do the same for embedded systems developers and to show case the
features of the DSDP project at Eclipse as well as CDT’s embedded
development support.

One
thing I think we noticed quite quickly is the diversity of the embedded
community at Eclipse. We have Web services applications for embedded,
we have J2ME Java for embedded, we have deeply embedded systems like
microkernels and DSPs that have no OS per se, and, of course, we have
the more traditional RTOS systems. I think it’ll be hard to showcase
Eclipse support for all these things in one distro, and maybe it
deserves it’s a few such distros, or maybe we have RTOS versus not
RTOS. It’s an interesting initiative and I’m excited to see where it
goes.

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