"IBM purchased the OTI (Object Technology International) subsidiary in 1996, OTI had done a lot of work on tool development and embedded systems, and had a technology written in Smalltalk called Envy that became the essence of the development model in VisualAge for Java 3.5. That was the initial code stream developed for IBM's advanced tools." (Brody 2001)
2001, November 5
"On November 5, 2001, IBM announced its donation of $40 million worth of tools to the Eclipse project. Eclipse, a fully functional software development environment that is written in Java, and that runs on both Linux and Windows, is intended to solve many of the problems of tool interoperability faced by developers of conventional tools. IBM is handing the tools over to the Eclipse consortium, an independent group that will handle the further development of the code based on contributions by board members and individual developers. The consortium includes roughly 40 members who will manage the code intended to become the basis of IBM's next generation of WebSphere products." (Brody 2001)
2001, November 29
"Borland, IBM, Merant, QNX Software Systems, Rational Software, RedHat, SuSE, and TogetherSoft today announced the formation of Eclipse.org, an open consortium of providers of development tools that manages the Eclipse Platform, which is being made available in open source under the Common Public License. These companies, each of which plans to release Eclipse Platform compatible product offerings, form the initial Eclipse.org board of directors." (Eclipse 2001-11-29)
2003, November 26
"The Eclipse consortium celebrates its second anniversary this month, and is releasing milestone builds of the third version of its universal platform for tools integration. The Eclipse platform has been downloaded over 18,000 times, and in two short years has spawned an entire "ecosystem" of users and vendors.
The Eclipse consortium was founded in November of 2001 by Borland, IBM, MERANT, QNX Software Systems, Red Hat, and SuSE. IBM got the ball rolling by donating $40M worth of tools, part of its billion dollar investment in Linux. Since then, the technology has been embraced by prominent tools vendors that include MontaVista, TimeSys, Intel, Tensilica, and Instantiations, among others.
The Eclipse consortium today counts 49 members, while the total Eclipse "ecosystem" spans commercial, research, and educational projects, as well as commercial and free tools providers and users. Independent websites like eclipse-plugins.2y.net track over 405 projects that relate to Eclipse technology." (LinuxDevices 2003)
2004, February 2
"The Eclipse Board of Stewards today announced Eclipse’s reorganization into a not-for-profit corporation. Originally a consortium that formed when IBM released the Eclipse Platform into Open Source, Eclipse is now an independent body that will drive the platform’s evolution to benefit the providers of software development offerings and end-users. All technology and source code provided to this fast-growing ecosystem will remain openly available and royalty-free.
With this change, a full-time Eclipse management organization is being established to engage with commercial developers and consumers, academic and research institutions, standards bodies, tool interoperability groups and individual developers, plus coordinate Open Source projects. To maintain a reliable and accessible development roadmap, a set of councils–Requirements, Architecture and Planning–will guide the development done by Eclipse Open Source projects. With the support of over 50 member companies, Eclipse already hosts 4 major Open Source projects that include 19 subprojects.
To oversee and staff this new management organization, Eclipse has established a Board of Directors drawn from four classes of membership: Strategic Developers, Strategic Consumers, Add-in Providers and Open Source project leaders. Strategic Developers and Strategic Consumers hold seats on this Board, as do representatives elected by Add-in Providers and Open Source project leaders. Strategic Developers, Strategic Consumers and Add-in Providers contribute annual dues. The founding Strategic Developers and Strategic Consumers are Ericsson, HP, IBM, Intel, MontaVista Software, QNX, SAP and Serena Software. In the coming weeks, the Board will announce its selection of a full-time Executive Director to lead the Eclipse management organization." (Eclipse 2004-02-02)