Lunch with the Eclipse Foundation
We talked mostly about blogging and Eclipse. I think the Eclipse Foundation is taking some very positive steps by adopting blogging -- it can only broaden the Eclipse community and enhance Eclipse's value to everyone.
A lot of community involvement can also further separate the Eclipse Foundation from IBM. There's obviously nothing wrong with being associated with Big Blue but I've been reading that many people have the opinion that IBM still has a lot of influence over Eclipse. It seems as though the Eclipse Foundation is trying very hard to distance themselves from IBM for this reason.
Even if IBM's power over Eclipse is not the reality it's a perception that hurts Eclipse. That perception could change if the Eclipse Foundation was seen as a more personable and open organization than a company the size of IBM.
Blogging could open up the Eclipse Foundation and give it a much different feel as an organization and therefor a much different public perception. Other communication tools and further process transparency could have the same effect.
In other very good news: Denis mentioned that search engines like Google can index the newsgroup and mailing list archives, which is fantastic. There's a lot of great content in there -- and now people will be able to find it quickly and easily.Posted at June 13, 2005 at 01:19 PM EST
Last updated June 13, 2005 at 01:19 PM EST