The Eclipse Foundation has moved Che, its open source cloud-based IDE and developer workspace server, to beta status. "We are building a world where anyone anywhere can contribute to a project without installing software. Essential to this is an on-demand IDE where both the tooling and its workspace runtime can be dynamically provisioned," said Tyler Jewell, CEO of Codenvy, which has participated in Che's development. "Existing IDEs are not up to this task: complex per-computer installations, non-portable localhost workspaces that lead to 'but it works on my machine' issues, and limited shared collaboration services."
Che is part of the Eclipse Cloud Development top-level project. Developers can use Che as a desktop IDE for any framework or programming language.