This is to announce the start of Equinox (http://eclipse.org/equinox), a new Eclipse Technology project.
The goal of the Equinox project is to experiment with techniques for broadening the range of Eclipse platform runtime configurations. For example, the Eclipse plugin model is static; there is no discussion of practices and tools for managing/reducing interplugin dependencies; service discovery is not covered and the component distribution mechanism is non-standard.
These issues do not severely impact the usefulness of Eclipse as a development tool platform but they do affect the use of Eclipse in more constrained environments (e.g., handheld devices, IT managed environments, mass-appeal applications etc.). The Equinox project will investigate such issues and develop approaches which are practical and applicable to the main Eclipse code base.
Check out http://eclipse.org/equinox for more information.