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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, can not cover the entire spectrum. The Eclipse Board of Directors has developed and approved a concept for enabling broader support for Eclipse.
In the talk we will present this concept and lay out the requirements of potential support consumers like SAP and potential support providers like EclipseSource. We will describe how the Long-Term support infrastructure can become a key differentiator for Eclipse, and how it can open a new revenue streams for the Eclipse Foundation and its ecosystem.