CEO Dan Dodge takes seat on board of directors
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 and royalty-free.
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 to 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 Software Systems, 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, which 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.
"QNX is proud to be a driving force behind Eclipse since its inception," said Dan Dodge, chief executive officer of QNX Software Systems Ltd. "With a seat on the board as a strategic developer member, we are reinforcing and extending our commitment to the goals of seamless tool integration and advancement of best-in-class tooling for embedded software development."
Eclipse has formed an independent open eco-system around royalty-free technology and a universal platform for tools integration. Eclipse based tools give developers freedom of choice in a multi-language, multi-platform, multi-vendor environment. Eclipse provides a plug-in based framework that makes it easier to create, integrate, and utilize software tools, saving time and money. By collaborating and exploiting core integration technology, tool producers can leverage platform reuse and concentrate on core competencies to create new development technology. The Eclipse Platform is written in the Java language and comes with extensive plug-in construction toolkits and examples. It has already been deployed on a range of development workstations including Linux, QNX Neutrino, OSx, and Windows based systems. A full description of the Eclipse community and white papers documenting the design and use of the Eclipse Platform are available at www.eclipse.org.
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