This program has two main goals:
This program is about encouraging Eclipse Member companies to interact with the Eclipse user base by offering downloads of packages that are part of the Eclipse project release trains. Organizations can also offer additional downloads including other OSS projects and commercial software.
Note that the order of the participating organizations is random, and weighted by the amount of bandwidth pledged and other factors as required by the Eclipse Foundation to ensure a good download experience for our millions of visitors.
To participate, a member must:
The spirit of this effort is that members can and should promote their company, brand, products, services and involvement in the Eclipse Ecosystem, and they should do this clearly on the landing page! However, the spirit is also that, in the true nature of open source, personal information be gathered in a opt-in only basis and not through any trickery or hassle.
Members will be listed based on random selection methods based approximately on the amount of bandwidth provided - however, the ratios will be managed to ensure a reasonable percentage of traffic for all perticipants and a quality download experience for our millions of visitors. For example, the weights will be by download bandwidth thus company A providing twice the bandwidth of company B may appear higher on the download page more as often. If there are more participants than space available on the download pages, the pages will contain a set of random distros, with a link to a distros page that will contain all participants.
No. Eclipse has many mirrors, but mirrors merely donate bandwidth. The user only interacts with the eclipse.org website even though the download ultimately comes from donated bandwidth. This program is an opportunity to have someone voluntarily visit a landing page on your website to download Eclipse projects. Some visitors may simply be there for a faster download, but visitors will have had to explicitly choose to "download from member sites" and then explicitly choose your company link. Seems like a great opportunity to further promote yourself! Wording of the link on the eclipse.org download page will make every attempt to direct people who 'just want the download damnit' to the eclipse.org and mirror infrastructure. This project is aimed to promote the ecosystem to those who are interested!
To get the release-train bits and keep the up to date, you will use the same tool as the mirrors - RSYNC. You will need to tell us (see mirror information page below) what the internet-Facing IP address of your RSYNC client is, so we can allow you to RSYNC from eclipse.org. The IT staff of the member companies can look here for more details on being an Eclipse mirror. You do not need to fill out the form at the mir_request page (just email us the IP you will RSYNC from), but should observe other mirror instructions. Please contact us for more details.
Current participants are reporting between 10-20k clicks per month coming from Eclipse.org. Some members have noted that by having a link from Eclipse.org, their hits from search engines has increased dramatically also.
Your webmaster can choose to make your landing page auto-select the package/os that the Eclipse user has selected while on eclipse.org. We will append the selected package and OS platform to the URL of your landing page. For instance, if the URL you've supplied is: http://www.ourcorp.com/eclipsedownloads/ourpage.html
Then the URL we will use will look like this: http://www.ourcorp.com/eclipsedownloads/ourpage.html?JAVA-LINUX64
... where the package name is one of (capitalized) jee, standard, java, cpp, modeling, reporting, rcp, automotive, mobile, scout, testing and parallel.. The OS platforms include: linux32, linux64, win32, win64, maccocoa.
Send and email to email@example.com. Be sure to include the following information:
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