Did Hell freeze over (Sun embrace Eclipse)?

Summary:Via Bob Sutor's blog comes a link to a post by Eclipse Foundation executive director Mike Milinkovich entitled Hell froze over.  Writes Milinkovich: Our first ever committer from Sun committed code to CVS.

Via Bob Sutor's blog comes a link to a post by Eclipse Foundation executive director Mike Milinkovich entitled Hell froze over.  Writes Milinkovich:

Our first ever committer from Sun committed code to CVS. Suresh Raju contributed code to get Eclipse working on Solaris x86.....We were first introduced to the Solaris x86 team by Simon Phipps, who runs open source strategy over at Sun.....I am very happy to see that sound business decisions are replacing rhetoric in the relationship between Sun and Eclipse.

After bopping in and out of JavaOne last week, I have to admit that I was definitely beginning to wonder whether I might be buying dinner for Sun's director of Web technologies in January 2007. Bray and I have a bet that by 2007, I will no longer think that it's time for NetBeans to throw-in the towel versus its arch nemeis IDE Eclipse.  Last week at JavaOne, there was a substantial NetBeans contigent in attendance, particularly at NetBeans Day, the day before the main event started.  I was quite impressed (and checking my wallet to see what sort of dinner I might be buying Bray). 

But now that Hell may have frozen over, I'm feeling a little more secure about who'll be buying for whom.  So far, none of the key Sun bloggers (Bray, Phipps, Schwartz, or Greg Papadopoulos) have responded. Silence is golden.  Or at least worth a dinner.  Meanwhile,  Eclipse Foundation director of communications Ian Skerrett thinks Bray will be buying.  Recently, in response to one of my blog posts [see Finally, an application for Origami (and maybe dinner for Tim Bray)], Skerrett wrote:

David, I'd hate for you to be buying dinner after JavaOne. The big Eclipse release, called Callisto, is not until the end of June.

NetBeans definitely scored some points at JavaOne.  But it will be very interesting to see what sort of momentum builder Callisto might be for Eclipse.

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