Yesterday at EclipseCon, Kai Kreuzer gave a presentation of Eclipse SmartHome (nee OpenHAB), which is a server component for integrating in smart appliances and controlling them with a central Java service, built on top of OSGi and Eclipse Equinox. Read on to find out more about what it does and how it works.
It's been a long time since the last Bundle.update was posted, and there have been a lot of OSGi-centric updates since then. OSGi 4.2 has been released, with Equinox 3.6, Felix 3.0 and Knopflerfish 3.0 all providing support for the new platform. Recently, there have been some glimpses of the next version of OSGi, as well as increased enterprise support. Read on to find out what's been happening.
Peter Kriens, technical director of the OSGi alliance, gave a presentation on the upcoming OSGi 4.2 release at the UK OSGi Users Group. The event was recorded, and the video is now available. OSGi 4.2 is expected to be released to the public by the end of August 2009 and includes a number of new features.
As part of the upcoming Eclipse Ganymede release which is scheduled for June 25th, InfoQ will cover a series of Eclipse subprojects. Today, the subproject is Equinox p2 (Provisioning Platform), which is a framework for provisioning Eclipse-based applications. InfoQ spoke with Jeff McAffer and Pascal Rapicault to learn more about p2 and what it provides.
OSGi is specification of a Java-based framework targeted for use by systems that require long running times, dynamic updates, and minimal disruptions to the running environment. The Eclipse Equinox provides one of many available implementations. Numerous server and desktop applications are also starting to make use of OSGi.