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This release introduces support for OAuth-based authentication, with support for both OpenID Connect (Google+) and GitHub authentication. Support for the deprecated OpenID 2.0 and Mozilla Persona authentication methods has been dropped.
In this release Orion has stopped using the Eclipse platform help system, in favor of a simple new help system developed specifically for Orion. This help system is built entirely with modern web technologies, removing the need for JSP support in the Orion Java server. Documentation is authored in Markdown format, and rendered dynamically at runtime into HTML.
Orion continues to benefit from company testing of Global Verification and Translation Verification. Orion is part of the Babel project as well.
The Orion Git UI has had significant layout changes to improve ease of use. The new format avoids deeply nested expanding sections with a two pane layout - timeline view on the left and editor/compare details on the right. This layout makes more effective use of space, works better on mobile devices, and reduces number of clicks for many common Git scenarios. A "Sync" button has been introduced as a shortcut for the usual complex Git workflows (fetch/rebase/push).
The Orion search page has already been revamped. Instead of a separate page, search is now integrated into the Orion editor pages as a flyout over the navigation area. This avoids loss of context from switching pages, and reduces overall complexity of the Orion UI.
End of Life
As mentioned earlier, support for OpenID 2.0 and Mozilla Persona authentication has been removed in this release.
The Orion team participates in W3C/WhatWG and ECMA standards and working groups (TC39). Examples of standards being developed in parallel to Orion implementations include HTML Templates, LocalFileSystem, URI Templates, and Promises. The Plugin model for Orion has also been proposed as a standard within OSGi. Some work has begun on Web Components with Orion
Orion continues to grow both the committer and contributor bases. Participation in UCOSP, Google Summer of Code and Facebook Open Academy has introduced many developers in University to Cloud Coding. Orion is currently listed as the most active Eclipse project and in the top 2% of all projects recorded at Open Hub. Orion committers and contributors continue to present about Orion and the integration with Flux at conferences and Eclipse Days.