| eclipse foundation formed
Eclipse Forms Independent Organization
ECLIPSECON, ANAHEIM, CA—February 2, 2004—The Eclipse Board
of Stewards today announced Eclipse’s reorganization into a not-for-profit
corporation. Originally a consortium that formed when IBM released the
Eclipse Platform into Open Source, Eclipse is now an independent body
that will drive the platform’s evolution to benefit the providers
of software development offerings and end-users. All technology and source
code provided to this fast-growing ecosystem will remain openly available
With this change, a full-time Eclipse management organization is being
established to engage with commercial developers and consumers, academic
and research institutions, standards bodies, tool interoperability groups
and individual developers, plus coordinate Open Source projects. To maintain
a reliable and accessible development roadmap, a set of councils–Requirements,
Architecture and Planning–will guide the development done by Eclipse
Open Source projects. With the support of over 50 member companies, Eclipse
already hosts 4 major Open Source projects that include 19 subprojects.
To oversee and staff this new management organization, Eclipse has established a Board of Directors drawn from four classes of membership: Strategic Developers, Strategic Consumers, Add-in Providers and Open Source project leaders. Strategic
Developers and Strategic Consumers hold seats on this Board, as do representatives
elected by Add-in Providers and Open Source project leaders. Strategic
Developers, Strategic Consumers and Add-in Providers contribute annual
dues. The founding Strategic Developers and Strategic Consumers are Ericsson,
HP, IBM, Intel, MontaVista Software, QNX, SAP and Serena Software. In
the coming weeks, the Board will announce its selection of a full-time
Executive Director to lead the Eclipse management organization.
"As mainstream IS organizations begin implementing and deploying
service-oriented architectures like J2EE and .NET into new computing environments,
having standardized, integrated and interoperable technologies will become
increasingly important to their success. Industry consortiums like Eclipse
and NetBeans that implement tools based upon standards from groups like
the Object Management Group (OMG) and Java Tools Community (JTC) are well-suited
to address these types of problems–especially if the groups can
coordinate their efforts." says Gartner vice-president and research
director, Michael Blechar.
According to Skip McGaughey, spokesperson for Eclipse, “This is
a significant step forward in the evolution of Eclipse. For the Open Source
development community, we’re establishing a strong support base
that will strengthen the projects and expand a powerful reusable architecture.
This creates long-term opportunities for reuse, interoperation and innovation
that enable both providers and consumers to take development tool technology
to the next level in functionality integration and usability.”
With more than 18 million download requests recorded since its inception, adoption of the Eclipse platform continues to accelerate. Development environment providers value its powerful reusable architecture that provides integration “by construction,” reduces duplication of effort and creates new opportunities for innovation and differentiation. Add-in providers are attracted by the ease with which seamless integration can be achieved as well as the large business opportunity represented by this growing ecosystem. End users appreciate the common look-and-feel and off-the-shelf integration across a large selection of independently developed offerings. With reorganization, Eclipse’s members have established the strategic, operational and financial means to effectively support and accommodate continued growth.
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