Types of Membership

This document describes the five main types of membership, four for organizations, and one for individuals. After understanding the various types of memberships, proceed to learn about the benefits of membership.

  1. Associate Members are organizations that participate in, and want to show support for, the Eclipse ecosystem.

  2. Solutions Members are organizations that view Eclipse as an important part of their corporate and product strategy and offer products and services based on, or with, Eclipse. These organizations want to participate in the development of the Eclipse ecosystem. Solutions Members were previously known as "Add-In Providers".

  3. Enterprise Members are organizations that rely heavily on Eclipse technology as a platform for their internal development projects and/or act strategically building products and services built on, or with, Eclipse. These organizations want to influence and particpate in the development of the Eclipse ecosystem.

  4. Strategic Members are organizations that view Eclipse as a strategic platform and are investing developer and other resources to further develop the Eclipse technology.

  5. Committer Members are individuals that are the core developers of the Eclipse projects and can commit changes to project source code.

Associate Members

Associate Membership is non-voting, but as members, Associates can submit requirements, participate in all project reviews and  participate fully in the Annual Meeting of the Membership at Large, as well as any scheduled quarterly update meetings of the same. This provides a unique advantage to understand plans, directions, and to network with the full Eclipse ecosystem.

Associate membership is free for non-for-profit organizations, standards bodies, universities, research institutes, media and publishing, government and other organization types as defined by the Eclipse Foundation board of directors. All other organizations, including for-profits, may also become Associate Members with annual dues of $5,000USD per year.

See the current Associate Members.

Solutions Members

Note:Prior to July 24, 2008 "Solutions Members" were known as "Add-In Providers". The Eclipse ecosystem is a vibrant community of major software vendors, small innovative software start-ups, leading information and publishing organizations, education and service providers and influential research and standards organizations. The community works to develop the complementary products, services and information, and market specific solutions that have been critical to the success of the Eclipse Platform. Being a member of this community allows organizations to benefit from the success of Eclipse.

A number of special programs, discounts and services are provided to Solutions Members (and Enterprise, Strategic). For example, discounts towards EclipseCon Sponsorship, providing Foundation quotes for product releases, participation in special sponsorship events.

Solutions Members are organizations that will:

  • Express public support for the Eclipse Foundation and the Eclipse Platform. Either in the form of a press release, listing on your website, blog entry, or other public statement.
  • Plan to make available a commercial Eclipse-based offering within 12 months of joining the Eclipse Foundation, or plan to use an Eclipse Project in the development of a commercial offering within 12 months of joining the Eclipse Foundation. A commercial offering can either be a product (built using Eclipse tools, or on top of Eclipse projects) or service (such as training, consulting, or a hosted web service).

The annual membership fee for Solutions Members is tiered based on revenue (all values USD):

  • Annual Corporate Revenue Less Than $1 million, and less than 10 employees and contractors - Fee: 1,500
  • Annual Corporate Revenue Less Than $10 million - Fee: 5,000
  • Annual Corporate Revenue Less Than $50 million - Fee: 7,500
  • Annual Corporate Revenue Less Than $100 million - Fee: 10,000
  • Annual Corporate Revenue Less Than $250 million - Fee: 15,000
  • Annual Corporate Revenue Greater Than $250 million - Fee: 20,000

See the current Solutions Members.

Enterprise Members

Enterprise Members are generally larger organizations (>1,000 employees) that rely heavily on Eclipse technology as a platform for internal development projects and/or act strategically with products and services built on, or with, Eclipse. These organizations want to influence and particpate in the development of the Eclipse ecosystem. .

Enterprise Members are looking for:

  • Access to detailed intellectual property data and policies to foster further trust and use of open source
  • Help with starting and participating Open Source projects and working groups relevant to their industries
  • Access to tools and information sources to better understand how their 100's - 1000's of developers are making use of Eclipse in aggregate with a goal to improve productivity

The annual membership dues for Enterprise Members is $125,000 USD.

See the current Enterprise Members.

Strategic Members

There are two types of strategic members: Strategic Developers and Strategic Consumers. Strategic Developers are major contributors of technology to Eclipse. Each strategic developer will have at least eight developers assigned full time to developing Eclipse technology and contribute annual dues of 0.12% of revenue (minimum $25K, maximum $250K). Strategic Consumers are major users of Eclipse technology. They contribute annual dues of 0.2% of revenues (minimum $50K, maximum $500K) but can reduce the dues by contributing one or two developers to Eclipse projects, reducing their dues by $125K for each developer, to the minimum of $50K.

Each strategic member has a representative on the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors allowing them direct influence over the strategic direction of Eclipse. Strategic members also have a seat on the Eclipse Requirements Council providing input and influence over the themes and priorities over the Eclipse technology.

In addition, Strategic Developer companies are expected to lead one or more of the Eclipse open source projects and have representation on the Eclipse Planning and Architecture Council. This allows Strategic Developers to have direct input into the development and architecture of Eclipse.

See the current Strategic Members.

Committer Members

As noted in the Eclipse Development Process, committers are those people who through a process of meritocracy are able to contribute and commit code to their Eclipse projects. Committers may be members by virtue of working for a member organization, or may choose to complete the membership process independantly if they are not. For further explanation and details, see the Committer Membership page.



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