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internetnews.com: Dawn of the New Eclipse

Feb 02, 2004, 17:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clint Boulton)

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"The reorganization of Eclipse as a non-profit foundation will be the centerpiece of an event next week, organizers said Friday. The goal is to demonstrate the software tools created using the open-source Eclipse platform.

"But the consortium's retrenching has left a familiar dissident unsatisfied. Sun Microsystems sent an open letter this week to Eclipse expressing concern about the fragmentation of the development community concerning Java tools.

"Sun, which has created its own open-source tools platform called NetBeans, has long flirted with joining Eclipse. But the Java creator balked because of IBM's sphere of influence over the group. IBM spawned the Eclipse platform in 2001 and ceded it to the community with $40 million in investment cash.

"With the reorganization, IBM would supposedly fade into the background, leaving a few key members in the group. Eclipse would become an independent foundation and ideally, those who feared IBM's sway might feel more comfortable.

"But Sun fears for its own open-source platform, NetBeans, which it feels would be affected by joining Eclipse..."

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