The first release of the "Lite" edition contains RCP, Text Editor, Compare and Search and not much else from the Eclipse SDK. Also included for convenience are EclipseColorer editor with syntax highlighting for many programming languages and HTTP File System.
The download is only 20MB and I've seen start up times from 2 to 5 seconds.
Future editions might include "Team" (CVS, SVN, Mylyn, ...), "Full" (Team + WST XML) and perhaps "Micro" (taking out everything that can possibly be taken out while leaving the text editor).
Padclipse also brings some new functionality that makes Eclipse easier to use as a simple editor:
- Files (URI-s) can be opened via command line parameters, and consequent launches will open editors in a single instance of Padclipse (per user).
- Files will be automatically linked to the workspace to make local history and other features be available to all files. This will be improved in future versions.
- Future versions will improve OS integration and general usability.