Eclipse Foundation Lowers Minimum Membership Fee
Director of Ecosystem Development for the Eclipse Foundation has announced that the board has approved a change to the Solutions Membership Dues, in his Eclipse Ecosystem blog. For organisations with Annual Corporate Revenues of less than $1 and no more than ten employees or contractors on staff, the membership fee will now be $1,500. Previously, the lowest membership fee available was $5,000.
The news has drawn some positive reactions, with Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) tool developer Miles Parker commenting "this actually makes membership a reasonable (though not insignificant) option for really small organizations like mine." Meanwhile, Annamalai Chockalingam of ANCiT Consulting enthused that "this definitely would give a lot of opportunity to companies like us from ASIA to join the Group."
The Eclipse Foundation is an open source, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse Projects. It is funded by members' annual dues, and is governed by a Board of Directors. The foundation employs a full-time professional staff to provide services to the community, but does not employ the open source developers who work on the Eclipse Projects.