The Eclipse Foundation has opened a new European office to support the open source community in Europe.
The moves comes as the open source multi-language focused software application development industry body now creates a new European subsidiary to be known as Eclipse Foundation Europe GmbH (EFE), located in Zwingenberg, Germany.
NOTE: Eclipse is a global open source community with over 250 projects, more than 1000 'committers', over 200 member organisations and with an estimated 8 million developers using Eclipse.
The time is right for this opening says the group; the facts detail that one-quarter of the Eclipse user community is located in Europe and half of the member companies are based in Europe.
The new EFE has local staff members to EU-funded projects such as ITEA2 --- the follow-up to the ITEA programme, this project stimulates and supports what has been called "pre-competitive" R&D projects that contribute research excellence to European industry in Software-intensive Systems and Services (SiSS).
"Europe has been a leader in the adoption of open source technology, and in particular Eclipse," explains Ralph Mueller, MD of Eclipse Foundation Europe. "The creation of Eclipse Foundation Europe will allow us to accelerate our push to promote the Eclipse Working Groups as a way to foster industry collaboration."