- The new Belgian entity launches with the support of founding members Bosch, Daimler TSS, IBM, and SAP
- The Eclipse Foundation already has more than 170 members and over 900 committers based in Europe
The Eclipse Foundation announced the formal establishment of the Eclipse Foundation AISBL, an international non-profit association based in Brussels. The new Belgian entity launches with the support of founding members Bosch, Daimler TSS, IBM, and SAP.
It said that by moving its legal residence from the United States to Europe, the Eclipse Foundation has created a global institution that builds on its existing membership base, active developer community, and strong institutional relationships.
Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation said, “The Eclipse Foundation is already the largest open source software foundation in Europe in terms of staff, projects, developers, and members, so the formalisation of our AISBL makes a great deal of sense for us and the EU. I firmly believe that establishing this new organization will help to accelerate the drive to digitisation throughout the EU and provide a new engine for the development of innovative and open technologies across the continent and beyond.”
Open source projects in strategic technologies
The Eclipse Foundation already has more than 170 members and over 900 committers based in Europe. The formalisation of the Eclipse Foundation AISBL non-profit association will help it to leverage its EU presence and recent international growth to foster global industry collaboration on open source projects in strategic technologies. This includes the cloud, edge computing, artificial intelligence, connected vehicles, telecommunications, and the Internet of Things.
It said that Eclipse Foundation recognises the important role open source will play in driving the digital and industrial transformations called for by the European Commission in its recent strategies. It added that contributions from a broad cross-section of European companies and governmental organizations to open source projects will be key to ensuring that these emerging technologies are fit for Europe, designed with consideration for the privacy and security of individuals and organisations, and have environmental impact in mind.