Something we would like to accomplish during the Europa release is to make it easier for our user community to download Eclipse. The existing download model requires you to start with the SDK and then start adding projects and features. However, for the millions of Eclipse users the SDK is a bit of overkill, if you are really just are using Eclipse as a Java IDE. Or if you want to use Eclipse as a C/C++ IDE it is not that obvious what to download when you visit our download page.
To improve on the situation, there are two related activities on the go: First and most important is the Eclipse Packaging Project. They have defined four user profiles and packages, including: 1) Java Developer, 2) JEE Developer, 3) C/C++ Developer and 4) RCP/Plugin Developer.
The second activity is a new download page. Nathan has created a draft version and opened a bug soliciting feedback. The new download page maps to the four user profiles, so you can use this page to actually test out the new packages. See, I told you they were related. 🙂
Feedback is key here. Please take the time to download the packages and provide feedback to the EPP project via bugzilla. We really need help testing to make sure these packages are solid and something we want distributed to the entire Eclipse community.
Feel free to leave a general comment here but please don’t leave detailed feedback; use bugzilla.