Packaging and delivering Eclipse based products
The Eclipse platform is designed so you can add plug-ins that provide function
for the software development tools community. Commercial software
vendors can build, brand, and package products using the platform as a base
technology. These products can be sold and supported commercially.
The Eclipse SDK can be downloaded and used as a Java IDE and Eclipse plug-in
development tool, but it is not marketed as a commercial product. The
platform provides the raw ingredients for a product without a box, label, or
price tag. It defines a file and directory structure that lets you
easily customize the platform's about dialog and splash screen to brand your
The license governing the Eclipse platform gives you a lot of freedom over how
to build and configure a product. However, Eclipse based products will
coexist more easily on a user's system if the products use similar standards
for packaging, configuring, and installing their products.