IBM, along with several other development tool vendors, has announced the governing board members of Eclipse.org, an open consortium that manages the Java-based, open source platform.
In addition to IBM, the consortium's board of directors comprises Borland, Merant, QNX Software Systems, Rational Software, Red Hat, SuSE, TogetherSoft and WebGain. All the companies plan to release Eclipse platform compatible products.
Juergen Geck of SuSE Linux AG said in a statement: "The success of Linux and the open source computing model has changed the IT landscape. As this change matures, we see new open systems that extend the power of open development."
The Eclipse platform provides source code building blocks, plug-in frameworks and running examples that smooth the progress of application tools development.
It is a new open source environment for creating, integrating and deploying application development tools, such as testing, performance turning and debugging, for use across a range of computing environments.
Eclipse, which will run on both Linux and Windows, is intended to simplify the process of developing software tools for multiple operating systems.
Mark Driver, a Gartner analyst, said the advantage of Eclipse as a project is that it is first to market with a community property and strong offer. He said Eclipse is an ambitious project and an ambitious product foundation.
"The advantages of Eclipse as a product foundation include its allowing plug-and-play participation for some tools," Driver said. He added that the potential for creating a complete toolkit for the project is there.
Driver also said that partnerships will likely be the most critical factor in Eclipse's success.
In early November IBM said it would donate $40m worth of software tools to create an open source community. More than 1,200 developers from 63 countries have participated in the Eclipse process.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago