Ottawa, Canada - August 24, 2017 - The Eclipse Foundation is pleased to announce a new version 2 of the Eclipse Public License (EPL v2) has been approved by the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors and the Open Source Initiative (OSI). The new EPL v2 is the result of a two year community process to identify and implement improvements to the existing EPL v1 license. The new license will become the default license for Eclipse community projects.
The changes introduced in EPL v2 are intended to make the license easier to use outside of the United States, more compatible with other open source licenses and modernize some of the terminology. The specific changes include:
“The new EPL v2 license was a tremendous community effort so I would like to thank everyone in the Eclipse community and the open source legal community who participated in the process.” explains Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. “We believe the new EPL v2 license is an excellent license that protects the rights of contributors and communities but at the same time promotes widespread commercial adoption of open source technology. We look forward to having this as the new default license for Eclipse Foundation projects, and hope to see widespread adoption by other projects and communities as well.”
“The Open Source Initiative congratulates the Eclipse Foundation on the new EPL V2 license.” states Patrick Masson, OSI General Manager. “It is vital that open source licenses continue to be updated in order to reflect changing technology and legal trends. The new Eclipse Public License v2 reflects the best practices in open source licensing and we are happy to certify it as an OSI approved license.”
The Eclipse open source project community will begin to migrate to the new EPL v2. Each Eclipse project will need to go through process of updating their project license and license headers to specify EPL v2. Users and adopters of Eclipse projects should expect the next release of each Eclipse project will be using EPL v2.
Questions about the new license and the migration can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Eclipse Foundation
The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports a community for individuals and organizations who wish to collaborate on open source software. There are over 300 open source projects with the Eclipse Foundation, ranging from tools for software developers, geo-spatial technology, system engineering and embedded development tools, frameworks for IoT solutions, tool for scientific research, and much more. Eclipse Foundation Working Groups allow organizations to collaborate on building innovative new technology to meet specific industry needs. More information is available at eclipse.org.
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