|RE: [eclipse.org-planning-council] A suggested topic for Plann ingCouncil Discussion|
Yes. Allow any project to release along with the train as far as scheduling and the monster update site go. But create a second tier of product quality components that would be released as part of the EPP packages.
I guess in the end what I’m saying is treat the EPP packages as real products. That would include quality criteria to ensure that the products are successful when coming up against other “free” offerings such as NetBeans and Visual Studio Express. It could be a good mechanism to rally the projects behind raising the bar. And being products that showcase Eclipse technology, it gives the community something to rally behind. Not to mention it would be good fodder for the marketing guys, which given Ian’s participation in EPP must have been one of the goals of this thing anyway.
I’m sure the debate will rage about these Eclipse products competing against the Board members’ commercial offerings, but they should be hopefully adding more value than what these products would offer. And, not being in the know, I’m sure this debate is happening anyway.
Doug Schaefer, QNX Software Systems