SimpleMatter, the tech startup behind Waterstream, is proud to announce its membership of the Eclipse Foundation. As a Contributing Member of the Foundation, SimpleMatter is looking forward to collaborating with the other members to drive innovation in IoT technology.
“We are very excited to be part of this new European reality now that Eclipse has moved to Brussels. We believe Open Source is the best way to deliver complex technological innovation in all sectors, especially IoT and Edge Computing” said SimpleMatter Founder, Stefano Rocco. “We are looking forward to collaborating with like-minded businesses and organizations thanks to the Eclipse Foundation. A collaboration we think will be easier and will include more entities now that Eclipse is based in Europe.”
The Eclipse Foundation provides our global community with a mature, scalable, and business-friendly environment for open source software collaboration and innovation. The Foundation is home to the Eclipse IDE, Jakarta EE, and over 350 open source projects. Of these projects, SimpleMatter often uses and contributes to Vert.x: a polyglot event-driven application framework that runs on JVM.
It is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization supported by over 275 members, governed through a unique Working Group model. The Eclipse governance model ensures no single entity is able to control the strategy, policies, or operations of the Eclipse community. Members include industry leaders who have embraced open source as a key enabler for business strategy.
The Eclipse Project was created by IBM in November 2001 and supported by a consortium of software vendors. The Eclipse Foundation was created in January 2004 as an independent not-for-profit corporation to act as the steward of the Eclipse community. To establish a vendor-neutral, open, and transparent community around Eclipse.
The Foundation is focused on creating an environment for successful open source projects and promoting the adoption of Eclipse technology in commercial and open source solutions. Through services like IP Due Diligence, annual release trains, development community support, and ecosystem development, the Eclipse model of open source development is a unique and proven model for open source development.
The Eclipse Foundation is funded by annual dues from members and governed by a Board of Directors. Strategic Developers and Strategic Consumers hold seats on this Board, as do representatives elected by Add-in Providers and Open Source committers. Eclipse committers are typically employed by organizations or are independent developers that volunteer their time to work on the Eclipse projects.
An essential aspect of the Eclipse Foundation is the focus on enabling open source technology in commercial software products and services. This is made possible by the fact that all Eclipse projects are licensed under the Eclipse Public License (EPL), a commercial-friendly OSI approved license.
Another advantage is the active marketing and promotion of Eclipse projects and the wider Eclipse ecosystem, which extends beyond the Eclipse open source community. The Eclipse Foundation organizes co-operative marketing events with Member companies, community conferences, online resource catalogs (Eclipse Marketplace and the Eclipse YouTube Channel), bi-annual Members’ meetings, and other programs to promote the entire Eclipse community.