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2011 Board Elections

Hey guys, it’s that time of year for the board elections! You should be getting an email soon with instructions with how to vote. Please take the time to read people’s position statements and vote as who you elect on the board helps determine where the Eclipse Foundation is headed.

From my point of view, I feel fortunate to be nominated again as I believe it’s going to be an interesting year for Eclipse. The year 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the Eclipse Foundation and it’s amazing to see how many things have changed over the past ten years in the technology industry. It’s great to see the web becoming very relevant again… ten years ago all I remember is the browser being used as a medium to display a dancing banana. In all seriousness, I think the web is becoming more important and Eclipse needs to be prepared to participate in that space.

As I reflect what has happened last year while I was on the board, I’m proud of the progress we made in some things like moving to Git. While not as fast as I’d like, the committer representatives did all the groundwork in convincing the right parties to move things forward. I personally spent time contributing to the EGit and JGit projects to help get the tooling to a state that the whole Eclipse ecosystem could take advantage of Git. If I get elected again, I’ll do my best to continue this trend and see that by the Indigo + 1 release, all projects have moved to Git.

There are many things I want to do at like:

  • Continue modernizing the Eclipse infrastructure around Git and make sure the move is done by end of 2011
  • Simplify the IP logging process by possibly taking advantage of Git (e.g., git-notes)
  • Push the Foundation to consider hosting a wide Gerrit instance for code review
  • Make way for Eclipse’s entry into the web development community with Orion
  • Push the Eclipse Marketplace to become an appstore for the Eclipse ecosystem
  • Build bridges within the Eclipse ecosystem and with other open source and commercial projects
  • Encourage Eclipse committers and projects to participate in the community via blogs, forums and other communication channels
  • Lower the barrier to entry for new projects without sacrificing the quality Eclipse is known for
  • Evangelize and grow the e4, Orion and EclipseRT efforts
  • Ensure Eclipse processes are transparent and lightweight as possible

If you want more information, please read my position statement. Or, if you have any questions, feel free to email me or find me on Skype. If you think I would continue to do a good job representing the committers, I’d appreciate a vote.