Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Eclipse: It's all about community

Source: InfoWorld TechWatch


The Eclipse Foundation will defer to the developer community to determine what paths it should take with its open source tools, an Eclipse official said at the Evans Data Developer Relations Conference on Monday afternoon.

Eclipse is seeking community feedback on what to include in the 3.2 version of the Eclipse platform, due in June, said Donald Smith, director of ecosystems development at Eclipse.

"The community is deciding what's cool," Smith said.

Blogging has made it really easy to participate in Eclipse, which also looks to Bugzilla to help refine its offerings. Anyone can submit a bug, he said.

"We want anybody, even competitors, to come and look and see what's going on," Smith said.

To build community, Eclipse has made a decision not to trademark the Eclipse brand. This has resulted in the Eclipse name and logo showing up in unrelated ventures in areas such as real estate and a courier service, Smith said.

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