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Re: Eclipse Ecosystem Estimated to Have Exceeded One Billion Dollars

  • Subject: Re: Eclipse Ecosystem Estimated to Have Exceeded One Billion Dollars
  • From: "Rex Ballard" <rex.ballard@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: 15 Oct 2006 17:06:38 -0700
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Erik Funkenbusch wrote:
> On 15 Oct 2006 08:58:38 -0700, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> > Eclipse: A Billion-Dollar Baby?
> >
> > ,----[ Quote ]
> >| "Historically enterprise software has been sold through [a]
> >| direct salesforce channel. ... We're starting to see success
> >| in open source software products in areas which have been
> >| traditionally the realm of the direct salesforce. Those
> >| environments or those products have very, very low cost of
> >| sales, so as customers get more used to that, I think that
> >| over time, there are going to be fewer and fewer software
> >| salesmen."
> > `----
> >
> > http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/53621.html
> >
> > Related:
> >
> > Eclipse Adoption on The Rise
> >
> > ,----[ Quote ]
> >| With the EclipseWorld conference kicking off this week in Boston,
> >| it would be easy to think the open source Java tools project is
> >| everywhere.
> > `----
> >
> > http://www.devxnews.com/article.php/3630071
> >
> > There is a lot of FUD that makes PHP, Java and Eclipse appear
> > as though they don't get adopted.
> These pyramid scheme numbers they come up with are outrageous...

Not really.  Keep in mind that Websphere, Rational, Borland, and
numerous other commercial toolkits are based on Eclipse.  Add to that
commercial plug-ins from third party vendors, and consulting
engagements where Eclipse is used as the foundation toolkit for
building applications, tailored to meet specific needs of clients, and
you get a pretty big number.  In fact, it makes that $1 billion seem a
bit low.

Eclipse itself is to the modern GUI environment what Emacs was to the
"text terminal" environment.  Emacs started as a simple text editor and
quickly became the foundation for thousands of applications written in
lisp, and other applications which connected to emacs.

Emacs had one of the earliest hyper-text browsers (info), one of the
earliest web browsers, and one of the earliest "file explorers" dired.

Eclipse has provided an Open Source foundry that can be supported by
both Open Source projects and by proprietary "plug-ins".  Since it's
written in Java, it can be run on Windows, Linux, Unix, Solaris, and
Macs, anything that supports Java GUI standards.

Since IBM no longer "owns" Eclipse, many other vendors that might have
been competitors and resisted Eclipse have been supporting eclipse,
providing resources and contributions along with companies like Sun,
IBM, BEA, WebLogic, Borland, and so-on.

Eclipse has offered an attractive alternative to a number of
Microsoft-only applications including project management, UML diagrams,
and accounting packages.

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