Eclipse Foundation Board Elections

by Mik Kersten, March 5th, 2010

Each year the Eclipse Foundation holds an election to vote in board representatives for its committers and sustaining members. If you represent one of these member classes you have one week from today to cast your vote. I’m running as a sustaining member representative and my vision is below. Voting uses a single transferrable voting system, so be sure to read other candidates’ positions before voting.


Eclipse has reached a stage of maturity that enables Sustaining Members to play a primary role in driving the direction of Eclipse. As Sustaining Members, we represent the largest volume of the Eclipse membership. In 2010 our impact on Eclipse and the value we receive from participating are poised for substantial growth.

I’ve been closely engaged with both the technology and the business aspects of the Eclipse ecosystem since the outset in 2001. I’ve worked directly with many Solution Member companies and watched some Eclipse business models flourish while others have failed. Starting a successful company around Eclipse has given me a pragmatic perspective on how to participate in the platform while growing both product and service revenues on Eclipse-based offerings. As a Sustaining Member representative, my duty will be to apply that knowledge to help make your Eclipse-based efforts successful.

Succeeding in Eclipse means striking a balance between the member, committer and user communities. As board representative, my priorities will be to:

  greenbullet_icon Facilitate reaching users: Marketing in a vendor-neutral open source ecosystem can be far from obvious, and reaching the very broad Eclipse user base is needed for both the commercial success of members and of Eclipse as a whole. I have been closely involved in improving the install story for Eclipse solutions and the upcoming Eclipse Marketplace client. These efforts will provide the next generation of opportunities to get your solution into Eclipse users’ hands.
  greenbullet_icon Lower the barrier to engaging with projects: With product releases and other pressures, too often the step of getting directly involved with an Eclipse project that you build on does not make the cost/benefit cut. But not getting involved has the longer-term cost of incompatibilities and overhead. Lowering the bar for direct participation will provide members with better access to the collaboration and contributor community that make Eclipse a great open source ecosystem. On the Mylyn project we have had over 800 bugs and feature requests resolved by community contributions. I will use my experience of making this work for Mylyn to help lower the overhead of participation with existing projects so that similar benefits are accessible to more members.
  greenbullet_icon Listen to members: My job will be to represent your needs on the board, and I will work with the other representatives to actively seek out feedback from all Solution Members. I helped make the needs of individual committers heard as a committer representative on the Eclipse board, and will ensure that your needs are
represented in discussions and decisions made at the board level.

About the candidate

Dr. Mik Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop Technologies and lead of the Eclipse Mylyn project. Mik is a popular speaker on Eclipse at conferences in the United States, Germany, and worldwide. Highlights of Mik’s contributions to Eclipse include:

  greenbullet_icon Creator and lead of the Eclipse Mylyn project (since 2005)
  greenbullet_icon Active member of the Eclipse Architecture Council (since 2007)
  greenbullet_icon Elected committer representative on the Eclipse Board of Directors in (2008/2009)
  greenbullet_icon Only Eclipse evangelist to be voted a JavaOne Rock Star (2008 and 2009)
  greenbullet_icon Only Eclipse content author on the top authors of the decade list of IBM developerWorks Java
  greenbullet_icon PhD in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia that lead to the invention of Mylyn’s task-focused interface (2006)
  greenbullet_icon Co-creator of the Eclipse AspectJ and AJDT projects (2002) based on his work creating of the first Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) tools, Xerox PARC (2000)

Related publications

  greenbullet_icon Symbian Blog: Mik Kersten on Transparency
  greenbullet_icon Tasktop Blog: Growing open source ecosystems: the install story
  greenbullet_icon Tasktop Blog: Tasktop working with Microsoft to improve Eclipse on Windows 7
  greenbullet_icon How Software is Built: Interview with Mik Kersten (highest ranked in series)
  greenbullet_icon Tasktop Blog: Tips on paying for free software
  greenbullet_icon Tasktop Blog: Platform for Innovation, Part 1: Openness & Modularity

Read more about Mik Kersten on Wikipedia.

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