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This release updates the required Java version for MPC from Java 8 to Java 11 since this is now also required by Eclipse. Additionally, we improved the startup up time of Marketplace client by refactored HTTP and Transport layer initialization. Everything is lazy and service-based now. Doing that we were the able to completely remove the bundle activators for both core and ui plugin. Debugging helpers can now be found in org.eclipse.epp.internal.mpc.ui.MarketplaceClientDebug, UI resources are accessable via org.eclipse.epp.internal.mpc.ui.MarketplaceClientUiResources.
The project leadership certifies that the APIs in this release are "Eclipse Quality".
There are no major architectural changes in this release.
No known security issues.
Faster eclipse start-up time.
There have been no substantial UI changes compared to the previous release.
Java 8 support is retired in this release. This has no impact on consumers since the platform already requires Java 11.
No standards are used or implemented by the Marketplace Client project.
Input for this release cycle was based on direct feedback from the user and plug-in provider communities especially from bugzilla as well as from personal contact throughout the year. The communities were engaged in the release planning process through the mpc-dev mailing list and bugzilla as well.