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|Developer(s)||Free and open source software community|
|Stable release||3.9.1 (KeplerSR2) / February 21, 2014|
|Type||OSGi Service Platform|
|License||Eclipse Public License|
In computing, Equinox is a sub-project of the Eclipse project that provides a certified implementation of the OSGi R4.x core framework specification. It is a module runtime that allows developers to implement an application as a set of "bundles" using the common services infrastructure.
Equinox began as a project to replace the original Eclipse plug-in runtime in version 3.0 of Eclipse (c. 2004). The open source project was seeded with code donated by IBM's Service Management Framework (SMF) product team[clarify]. It was further developed to meet the needs of the Eclipse community. The adaptations were made into the OSGi specification process, with many being incorporated in the R4 release of the OSGi framework specification. Since then, Equinox has been the reference implementation for the OSGi framework specification.
- McAffer, Jeff; VanderLei, Paul; Archer, Simon (February 2010). "OSGi and Equinox: Creating Highly Modular Java Systems" (1st ed.). Addison-Wesley Professional. p. 480. ISBN 0-321-58571-2.
- Equinox project home page
- OSGi R4 core framework specification
- OSGi and Equinox: Creating Highly Modular Java Systems
- Explore Eclipse's OSGi console by Chris Aniszczyk
- ProSyst mBS Runtime - Commercial product by ProSyst, similar to the Eclipse Equinox framework (providing additional features)
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