Eclipse Board Nominations: Blog Roundup

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With the nominations for the Eclipse Board now revealed, the candidates are beginning to leverage the power of the blogosphere in a bid to secure your vote.

Bjorn Freeman-Benson has posted a blog promising that, if elected, he will campaign for the Eclipse foundation to do more for the committers, particularly the independent and small company committers. He paints himself as an active, vocal candidate, and this is difficult to argue with. Freeman-Benson is, perhaps infamously, vocal on which directions he believes the Eclipse Foundation should be taking.

So far, in February Freeman-Benson has proposed changing the hard wall of Eclipse rules to a more Aikido-like incrementally increasing process; that Eclipse should hurry up and take advantage of Stackoverflow’s offer of free advertising for contributors to open source projects; and that the Eclipse distros should be released from single-company control. When it comes to Eclipse, Freeman-Benson isn’t short on opinions. And, in his blog post announcing his nomination, he throws another few ideas out there. If elected, he wants to designate a wiki-editor to care for the Eclipsepedia. He also pledges to lobby for a greater percentage of the Foundation budget to provide direct value for the contributors. He proposes this extra money could pay someone to actively help projects encourage community contributions, among other things.

He is transparent about what he wants for Eclipse. Whether you agree with Freeman-Benson’s ideas or not, is the deal maker – or the deal breaker.

He closes his blog post with a promise to be an accessible leader. He plans to update the committer rep blog after every Board meeting (at the moment it is updated twice a year); and hold weekly office hours on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) with rotating times optimised for the Americas, Europe, India, and East Asia.

“I’m a small-time committer,” Freeman-Benson summarises “but I’m independent.”

Meanwhile, Senior Software Developer at IBM, Boris Bokowski has posted a blog walking individual Eclipse committers through the sign-up process that enables them to vote, and stressing the importance of the individual committer vote. This is because all committers who are employees of a single company have their votes collapsed into a single vote in the elections, in an effort to ensure a single company cannot unfairly influence the votes and determine the committer representatives. Bokowski doesn’t encourage committers to vote for him, but simply to vote, and his walk through has resulted in fellow nominee Chris Aniszczyk commenting “great post Boris. It would be great if we could distil this message and send it to eclipse.org-committers.”

And Ed Merks, President of Macro Modeling has posted a blog suggesting that committers might look at the number of commits each candidate has made, in order to decide who deserves their vote. He finishes up by urging the community to “choose wisely based on who most closely represents their own point of view as well as who is most likely to make effective positive contributions,” before putting in a positive word for both Chris Aniszczyk’s and Boris Bokowski: “I can definitely recommend them for their experience and for having represented the commiters well.”

Voting closes on the 12th March.

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