Some of you may know that Eclipse has a burgeoning IRC community. From my opensource experiences, I believe a strong IRC community can have an incredible impact on how the community perceives a project (think Gentoo). Some old–timers may recognize IRC as a cesspool of activity, however, times have changed a bit. It’s a great public forum and a lot of the SOC students have been using it to get help for their projects.
I just wanted to let people know that the ECF IRC provider has recently been updated to support tabbed-browsing and fixes some disconnect issues. I encourage people to file bugs against ECF if they want to see feature improvements regarding the client, or get involved themselves 😉