We're having a pretty good discussion on the cross-project list about the future of the Eclipse IDE and ways we can bring in new blood in to help evolve it. There's a really hilarious but painfully truthful site called http://ihateeclipse.com, which highlights our users' passion and how much little (and sometimes large) usability items affect their lives. But it points out areas that we should be working on.
As part of the strategy, I think we need a group that is focused on Eclipse as an IDE, to manage the strategy and set up little things that can get us kickstarted. And it crosses many projects which is why we can't just rely one on one. My first thoughts were that we need an IDE PMC as that focal point. But then, it's probably obvious that we, the Tools PMC, already have much of that mandate and oversee a lot of the projects that make up the Eclipse IDE.
What are your thoughts? If we brought in a few new members, possibly not from our projects, but people with a vested interest in the Eclipse IDE, even peer PMC members and other community leaders, and reposition the Tools PMC as the IDE PMC, would that make a difference?
And, yes, we do have a pretty poor track record of activity which we can't discount. But focusing specifically on the Eclipse IDE packages and the projects that make up those packages and providing them with "product" management, I have hope that we can make a difference.
Let me know what you think, and that's for anyone following the list, not just the PMC members.
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