Eclipse, Debian and SableVM (the update I promised)
Given that we have finally got Eclipse 3 running on SableVM Java Virtual Machine I started looking into way of getting a new version of SableVM into Debian Sarge, so that people using it could at least use the included Eclipse. We need to first release SableVM 1.1.8 as 1.1.7 is not able to run Eclipse yet, only our "staging" development version is (you can get fully usable nightly snapshots of SableVM staging if you want to try it out - see the preliminary Eclipse startup script for SableVM to save time!). But this is not the real problem. I should hopefully be able to do it in before Christmas.
There are however other complications, mainly because
- current Eclipse in Debian is an old version, abondoned by upstream (who uses Eclipse 2 nowadays?)
- even this old version is NOT in Debian testing/Sarge yet!
It has one grave bug, and it also depends on java-package that has several severe problems. Clearly, Eclipse in Debian need more TLC (Tender, Love & Care). Is there anyone willing to look into that? (please write to firstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.debian.org/debian-java. Update: see Eclipse alioth project)
Having Eclipse in Debian and working with a completly Free Java Virtual Machine surely would be a great advantage for Debian!