JAX London 2014: A retrospective
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Is Eclipse Shifting from Companies, to the Individual?

Jessica Thornsby

Eclipse currently has an equal number of Active Individual committers and Active IBM committers.

David Carver has posted a blog claiming that Eclipse is starting to shift from companies, to individuals, after posting a screen capture showing that on April 28th, 2010 the number of Active Individual committers matched the number of Active IBM committers.

However, he argues that this is no bad thing. Individual committers are usually working to address an issue that is bothering them personally. Therefore, they are more likely to put in that extra effort to fix a bug and, even if their employment changes, there is a good chance they will remain committed to the project. Carver also points out that a company can pull Eclipse-related funding at any time.

“If it itches that badly, then you may need to scratch it yourself. In other words, roll up your sleeves, and try to address the issue instead of just complaining about it,” he concludes.

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