The Eclipse open-source tools project has named the first members of its new board of directors.
Eclipse, which was launched by IBM two years ago, has reorganised itself into a non-profit organisation.
The changes give IBM less of a controlling interest in Eclipse and have been seen by some analysts as a way of broadening the project's appeal among software suppliers. As part of the restructuring. Skip McGaughey, the IBM staffer who served as the consortium's executive director, is stepping down to be replaced by a full-time executive director.
Along with IBM, the members of the new Eclipse board include Intel, Hewlett-Packard, SAP, Ericsson, MontaVista Software, QNX Software Systems and Serena Software. The board members will elect a new executive director in the coming weeks.
Sun flirted with the idea of joining last year but dropped out of negotiations in December, saying it had been unable to reach acceptable terms with the Eclipse board existing at the time.
The new board aims to drive the platform's evolution by liaising with suppliers, developers, standards bodies and others in the Java development world. All technologies and source code contributed to the project will remain openly available and royalty free.
James Niccolai writes for IDG News Service