Eclipse Platform SWT Browser Widget Utilises Mozilla Under Linux

Wednesday August 20th, 2003

Darin Fisher writes: "Looks like the Eclipse project now embeds Mozilla 1.4 under Linux! See bug 36952 or the SWT FAQ for details." The Eclipse Platform is an open-source software development environment. The project is supported by IBM, Borland, Intel and others.

#2 No big deal

by deadmeat

Thursday August 21st, 2003 1:19 AM

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I don't think they can expect everyone on Windows to install Mozilla so that they can use the HTML widget. And I'd rather they didn't bundle mozilla with their downloads, because the last version of Eclipse I downloaded (the full SDK) was 68Mb!

Eclipse is a great Java editor (and it's pretty good for other things as well), and it's doing it's best to work smoothly on different platforms (it's written in Java but uses a partially native UI toolkit so that it's faster to use than the Java Swing interface). I suspect that the Mac version (which is dragging behind the other versions at the moment and doesn't have this HTML widget) will use Safari or some other browser commonly used on Macs.

So perhaps it's not a big win for Mozilla, but it is a positive step, and it's a nice improvement to Eclipse.