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Equinox: the name conflicts with an Eclipse project

I just received the following e-mail from an anonymous user via my contact page.

You might have already heard, but the Eclipse guys have started a new 
project also called Equinox, which is their implementation of the OSGi 
framework (which is my first choice for building modular enterprise apps 
these days).

Not sure who had the name first, but I can see this getting more 
confusing as both products continue to gain mindshare and blog coverage.

First of all, I am aware of this thanks to Euxx. I don't know which project started first, but Google still seems to prefer mine over Eclipse's. Eclipse's Equinox project is #46 when searching for equinox, while mine is up to #9. ;-)

If I could think of a better name, I'd change. However, being #9 on Google makes it pretty tempting to keep the "Equinox" name.

Posted in Java at Nov 29 2005, 12:07:51 PM MST 5 Comments

I think your Equinox was first - but the two projects are different enough that they're unlikely to cause confusion.

(This reminds me of when a UK retailer started selling underpants made from a synthetic material called "Micro Soft". They defended against the trademark infringement claim and won; the court said that there was little chance of consumers getting confused between the two brands!)

Posted by Neil on November 29, 2005 at 01:16 PM MST #

Yours was first. Tell the Eclipse guys to stick it.

Posted by Yo on November 29, 2005 at 04:52 PM MST #

Hey Matt, not sure which was first (Eclipse was about 2 years ago). The Eclipse project is more or less not used anymore, it started as an expierment to see if they could make OSGi work as the backplane for plugins, it worked. Now its called Eclipse, marketed as Eclipse RCP. Keep the name unless a lawyer comes knocking (which I very much doubt will happen).

Posted by Bill Dudney on November 30, 2005 at 12:16 AM MST #

I am looking at this thinking about a lesson to be learned. The lesson is cool-techno-space-roman-or-greek-god-type English words should never be used to name projects anymore. We need to start naming our stuff after -
  • Mexican Food
  • Yiddish Curse Words
  • Bodily excretions
  • Muppets
  • Key Phrases from the movie "Office Space"
  • Pig latin
  • Medical Complications

Posted by Dan Hinojosa on November 30, 2005 at 11:06 AM MST #

Eclipse' Equinox project started closer to three years ago, right after 2.1 was released, and before the inclusion or thought of OSGi.

Posted by Kevin on November 30, 2005 at 11:14 PM MST #

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