November 19, 2014
This working group charter is governed by the Eclipse Foundation Working Group Process document.
Adoption of Eclipse tools and runtimes has reached an all time high, and today Eclipse software is embedded into many commercial software products. Enterprise software vendors are required to support their products, including the Eclipse components, for many years. Thus they are looking for support offerings that cover a variety of Eclipse projects and a large number of releases. The issue becomes more urgent the more Eclipse technology reaches into the runtime stack.
Due to the diversity of projects and committers at Eclipse, which come from a variety of companies and individuals, it is currently impossible to get a 'one-stop-support-contract' for all of Eclipse technologies needed. Vendor neutrality and diversity bring innovation and long term viability to Eclipse, but make it difficult to provide the support enterprises are looking for. It is very difficult for any one company in the Eclipse ecosystem to offer support and maintenance that covers the entire spectrum of Eclipse technologies.
The goal of the Long Term Support (LTS) Working Group (WG) is to enable the Eclipse ecosystem to consume and provide maintenance and support for the full breadth of Eclipse technologies.
To implement this vision, the WG will:
There are 4 roles in this ecosystem:
It is expected that MSPs and SSMPs will aggregate the services of PSPs to provide maintenance services to Consumers, or in the case of SSMPs, to themselves.
The LTS WG may have connections with other WGs such as PolarSys, Automotive, and others.
Additional working groups may request access to the LTS infrastructure in the future. Such access, including funding and annual fees, will require the approval of the LTS WG Steering Committee.
An entity must be at least a Solutions Member of the Eclipse Foundation, have executed the LTS WG Participation Agreement, and conform to this Charter to participate in the LTS WG.
There are four membership levels: Guest, Participant, Premium, and Steering committee.
Guest members are organizations who have been invited by the
Steering Commitee of the LTS WG for a 12 month Guest Membership. Typically guests are
potential future full-fledged members who want to have a closer look before deciding on
their strategy. Guest members are required to sign the participation agreement and they
do not have voting rights in LTS WG meetings. Guest members will have the same access
rights as Premium members for the duration of their membership. At the end of the 12
month trial period their access rights will be terminated.
Participant members have access to the download site providing LTS binaries. Premium members have Participant level access as well as access to the LTS forge and build farm. Steering committee members have Premium level access and also governance influence over the direction of the WG such as budget and resource allocation.
LTS Steering Committee membership is provided at no additional charge to Strategic Members paying the maximum level of dues ($250K).
LTS Premium membership is provided at no additional charge to Strategic Members paying dues in excess of $100K.
|Privilege||Guest Member *||Participant Member||Premiuem Member||Steering Committee|
|Access to binary releases||X||X||X||X|
|Attend WG Meeting||X||X||X||X|
|Access to LTS build and signing infrastructure||X||-||X||X|
|Host custom branch on LTS infrastructure||X||-||X||X|
|Host custom build on LTS infrastructure||X||-||X||X|
|Member of LTS Steering Committee||-||-||-||X|
* Guest membership priviliges last only for the duration of their 12 month trial period.
LTS Guest membership is provided at no additional charge for the duration of the 12 month
trial period. A Solutions or higher Eclipse membership is required.
LTS Premium membership is provided at no additional charge to Strategic members paying dues in excess of $100k.
LTS Steering Committee membership is provided at no additional charge to Strategic members paying the maximum level of dues ($250k).
LTS Steering Committee Member Fees
LTS Premium Member Fees
LTS Partcipant Member Fees
This Long Term Support WG is designed as:
Steering committee members are required to:
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