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The Eclipse Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that acts as a steward of the Eclipse open source software development community. It is an organization supported by over 300 members. The Foundation focuses on key services such as: intellectual property (IP) management, ecosystem development, development process, and IT infrastructure. Its members include industry leaders who have embraced open source as a key enabler for business strategy.
Created to allow a vendor-neutral, open, and transparent community to be established around the original Eclipse Project, the Foundation provides a global community of individuals and organizations with a mature, scalable, and commercially focused environment for collaboration and innovation. Its stated aim is to cultivate both the community and "an ecosystem of complementary products and services.
The Eclipse Foundation is considered a "third generation" open-source organization, and is home to Jakarta EE, and over 375 open source projects, including runtimes, tools, and frameworks for a wide range of technology domains such as the Internet of things (IoT), Cloud and Edge Computing, Automotive, Systems Engineering, Digital Ledger Technologies, Open Processor Designs, and many others. " The most well-known of the Eclipse projects is the Eclipse platform, a multi-language software development environment and IDE".
The Eclipse Project was originally created by IBM in November 2001 and was supported by a consortium of software vendors. The Eclipse Project continues to be used by millions of developers.
In 2004, the Eclipse Foundation was founded to lead and develop the Eclipse community. It was created to allow a vendor-neutral, open, and transparent community to be established around Eclipse.