I am currently helping Scott Lewis to bring ECF to Apache Karaf.
Our biggest problem with this is that ECF needs a bunch of equinox bundles that are not available in maven central.
See this http://download.eclipse.org/rt/ecf/3.10.0/site.p2/karaf4-min-features.xml
At the moment we use http urls to be able to get at least started. These urls are not really good for people inside bigger companies though.
Often these companies do not allow direct access to the internet even for developers and especially for production machines. So accessing the urls is not possible.
Additionally they are not cached like mvn urls. So every clean startup of karaf hits the p2 repo server again.
It also makes it very hard for people to use these artifacts in non tycho builds which are very common outside the eclipse world.
I have noticed that eclipse already hosts several maven repositories for other projects. Would it be possible to also deploy equinox bundles into such a repository or even better into maven central?
At apache this is very convenient. We have a nexus server at apache and the project poms are set up to deploy their for snapshots and releases there. Releases go to a staging repo automatically and after the vote you just need to press a publish button and the artifacts go to maven central.
I am pretty sure we can organize to help with this if eclipse would be interested to also get such a setup.
The collaboration between eclipse projects and apache projects is still quite slim unfortunately. I think one big reason for this is the separate repository systems that make it very difficult to use projects from each other. So I think tackling this problem would help a lot to improve collaboration.
I have read in another thread that this would be a "complicated" problem. Unfortunately there is no further information what the obstacles are. I spoke to quite some people at eclipse about this and they are all quite interested in maven deployments. So I think at the minimum there should be an open discussion so people understand where we are with this. Is there some place maybe on bugzilla where I can read into what was discussed about this?
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