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Cloud and desktop IDE platform Eclipse Theia version 1.0 released

over 2 years ago by Ugotsta

The Eclipse Foundation has released version 1.0 Eclipse Theia, an extensible, open-source platform for building cloud and desktop IDEs. Hailed as a vendor neutral alternative to Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, Theia closely follows VS Code's design while differentiating itself in a few, key ways.

Key differences between Theia and VS Code: • Theia is designed for both desktop and cloud use. • Theia is more modular and allows for greater customization. • Theia is developed under vendor-neutral governance of the Eclipse Foundation.

Those familiar with VS Code may recognize the concern with vendor neutrality. It's the very reason alternatives like VSCodium exist, as they remove Microsoft branding, telemetry and licensing which some view as invasive. Theia provides a solid, extensible base for projects like that.

Theia began development life under the lead of Typefox, which later approached The Eclipse Foundation about continued growth of the project. The Eclipse Foundation is highly recognized for projects like Eclipse. Whereas Eclipse serves as an alternative to heavyweight IDEs like Microsoft Visual Studio, Theia targets the lighter weight market currently dominated by the likes of VS Code and Sublime Text. With its focus on both cloud and desktop support, it's poised to provide the optimal base for web-based IDE services as well.

Further coverage: Official Press Release

  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Self-Hosted
  • Electron / Atom Shell
  • Code - OSS (vscode)

With Theia you can develop one IDE and run it in browsers or native desktop application from a single source. Theia is designed in a modular way to allow extenders and adopters customizing and extending every aspect of it.