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Google become latest Eclipse Strategic Member

With criticism still running rife over the performance of the newest 4.2 platform, the Eclipse Foundation finally have some good news to crow about, with the arrival of Google as the newest Strategic Member.

Google were of course the first company to lend a helping hand when Eclipse 4.2 performance issues reached a head in September, donating $20,000 to buy hardware for testing. They also offered to start up a testing lab to tackle problems within Eclipse’s Common Build Infrastructure.

Now, Google join the likes of CA Technologies, IBM, Oracle and SAP in providing $250,000 annually to help keep Eclipse operations ticking. The 4.2 fiasco has brought to light the need for Eclipse funding in the central projects, and Google stepping up to the plate will no doubt help boost the coffers.

Director of the Eclipse Foundation, Mike Milinkovich wrote on his blog that “Google has long been a very large user, adopter and contributor to Eclipse,” before going on mention that the Eclipse tooling platform had been “an important part” of Android’s success.

He added: “By providing this additional funding, Google will be helping the Eclipse Foundation ensure that we have a great infrastructure and a great staff to support our community.”

The number of Eclipse Strategic Members now stands at 11, with Actuate, Bredex, EclipseSource, itemis, OBEO, and Talend all taking seats on the board. Google’s generosity and stature might spur others on to donate to the Eclipse ecosystem as it goes through some troubling times. Their presence as Strategic Member should help ease the pressure and hopefully guide Eclipse onto greater things.

Chris Mayer

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