Also in the earlier elections, the individuals elected to represent Eclipse "committers"the folks who have the ability to partially control the content distributed in the Eclipse.org CVS (Concurrent Versions System) repositoryare John Wiegand, Eclipse platform lead for IBM in Portland, Ore.; and Bjorn Freeman-Benson, a research scientist at the University of Washingtons Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Skip McGaughey, who formerly served as chairman of the Eclipse board and is now a spokesman for the organization, told eWEEK in a past interview that one of the primary criteria for a new executive director was that the person not be an IBM employee. McGaughey is himself an IBM employee. Asked to comment for this story, McGaughey and members of the board gave a collective "no comment."The two Java companies have had little to no dealings with Eclipse so far, although board members have said the organization has extended invitations to both companies to join. Sun toyed with the idea for several months before pulling back, yet still held out the possibility of working with Eclipse in some capacity. BEA, which recently open-sourced the runtime framework for its WebLogic Workshop Java development tool, has said it welcomes working with Eclipse on the open-source front. Read more here about BEAs strategy, now called Apache Beehive, to turn over the development framework. Cornelius Willis, BEAs vice president of developer relations, said Beehive, being a framework and not an IDE, is complementary to Eclipse. "We would love it if there was a plug-in for Eclipse targeting Beehive," Willis said. Check out eWEEK.coms Developer & Web Services Center at http://developer.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.
But some observers said the naming of a new executive director is good news for the foundation, allowing it move forward with other pressing issues such as dealing with the possibility of working more closely with Sun Microsystems Inc. and BEA Systems Inc.