Google Dips Toe In Eclipse Waters

Google has joined the Eclipse Foundation as an add-in provider member along with the likes of Cape Clear, CollabNet, MySQL, Novell, Progress Software and Oracle. There are more than 100 such partners.

The Eclipse Foundation is dedicated to building and maintaining an open-source software platform and was spun off from IBM five years ago.

Higher-level "strategic members" of Eclipse include IBM, Intel, BEA Systems, and CA.

With Google's entry, the ranks of Eclipse holdouts among key technology companies continues to shrink. Microsoft with its non-Java stack, remains outside the Eclipse sphere. And, no one seems to expect Sun Microsystems to cowboy up for Eclipse, even though it moved more into open-source mode with its recent decision to put Java and related technologies into the General Public License (GPL).

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