Oracle Vet Takes Over Eclipse

Mike Milinkovich will rely on his extensive Java and object-oriented programming experience to the lead the open-source Eclipse Foundation.

The open-source Eclipse Foundation is expected to name Mike Milinkovich, an Oracle executive, to the position of executive director of the organization Tuesday.

According to sources, Milinkovich, who has a great deal of experience in the Java and object-oriented programming worlds, will join the foundation following its exhaustive search for an individual to lead it as an independent entity.

Milinkovich, of Ottawa, will have to give up his post at Oracle Corp. and move over to the Eclipse Foundation, sources said. Prior to Oracle, Milinkovich held positions at the now-defunct WebGain Inc., The Object People Inc. and Object Technology International Inc.

Reached by phone, Milinkovich said he could not comment on the status of the position.

Sources said Milinkovich was chosen for his technology skills, as some of the other candidates did not have such strong technology backgrounds. But one source close to the process, who asked for anonymity, said, "They dont need a coder; they need somebody with organizational experience."

Last February, IBM Corp. spun the Eclipse consortium out from under its sponsorship and influence and into an independent entity to oversee the development and maintenance of the Eclipse open-source application development platform.

The Eclipse Foundation coming-out party was held at the EclipseCon conference in Anaheim, Calif., in early February.

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In March, the foundation began naming individuals to key positions in the organization, based on internal elections.

From those elections, Todd Williams, vice president of technology at Dallas-based Genuitec LLC, and Rich Main, director of Java development environments at SAS Institute Inc., of Cary, N.C., were elected to the Eclipse board of directors as the two add-in provider representatives.

More than 40 add-in providers selected Williams and Main to represent them on the board.

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