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Establishing Long Term Support for Eclipse

Karsten Schmidt

Making Community · Standard
Wednesday, 10:40, 20 minutes | Ballroom BC


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, such as SAP, are obliged to support their products, including the Open Source pieces that are used, 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 throat to choke' for all of Eclipse. Vendor neutrality and diversity bring innovation and long term viability to Eclipse, but make it difficult to provide the support Enterprises are looking for. Even companies like EclipseSource, which offer support for a number of Eclipse projects as part of their business model, cannot cover the entire spectrum. The Eclipse Board of Directors has developed and approved a concept for enabling broader support for Eclipse.

This talk is a follow-up to our presentation at Eclipse Summit Europe 2010. We will present the program concept from the perspective of the requirements of potential consumers and support providers, and describe the state of the program as of today. We will describe how the Long-Term support infrastructure can become a key differentiator for Eclipse, and how it can open new revenue streams for the Eclipse Foundation and its ecosystem. We will include time to solicit feedback from the audience on how we can optimize the program for both consumers and providers.

Karsten has been with SAP since 1988. He has held various positions in Technology Development. He was involved in SAP's decision for an Eclipse-based IDE in the Java space back in 2001. His current focus is on the Open Source activities in the SAP Java Server and Infrastructure organization. Karsten has been involved in the Eclipse-SAP relationship for many years and has been a driving force behind the increased engagement of SAP that resulted, among others, in the switch to the Strategic Member status in early 2009.