Every year, the Eclipse simultaneous release brings together the hard work of dozens of open source projects into a single coordinated release. But you probably already know that. You probably already live that.
While most Eclipse committers don't tend to think of their contributions to the simultaneous release as a product, for our users the aggregation of those project bits most certainly is a product. For millions of software developers, the the installer and many flavours of Eclipse IDE are products. While it's important that we carefully manage expectations, it's also important that we understand and respect the expectations of our massive user community.
We'll start this session with a quick overview of where we are now with regard to Eclipse IDE-as-a-product and survey the current state of the Eclipse IDE user experience. We'll discuss some of the little things that project teams can do to improve the user experience, how we fit product features into our project structure, how we improve our support channels, and how to tap into the funding available to work on Eclipse IDE improvements.