Google sets 'perfect example' with $20,000 donation to Eclipse

Google sets 'perfect example' with $20,000 donation to Eclipse

Summary: The Eclipse Foundation hopes to be able to buy new hardware to kick-start a new performance-testing programme for its open-source development platform.


Google has donated $20,000 (£12,500) to the Eclipse Foundation to help it establish a new testing infrastructure for the open-source development platform on

The foundation revealed the injection of funds on Monday, less than a week after the open-source project said it desperately needed new dedicated hardware to be able to re-establish performance testing for the Eclipse platform.

"The performance tests were turned off because the Eclipse platform team has a serious resource issue. The simple fact of the matter is that the Eclipse platform team is stretched well beyond what it can reasonably be expected to accomplish. This is not a new problem," the foundation's executive director Mike Milinkovich said in a blog post.

"There have already been a couple of very positive developments that have come out of this conversation. Google has stepped up and donated $20,000 towards the creation of a brand-new testing infrastructure," he added.

The money will be used to seed a performance regression testing programme. This used to be performed on releases, but was dropped for Eclipse 3.8 and 4.2 due to a lack of hardware and human resources.

The money comes from Google's Open Source Programs office. It is intended to be used specifically for seeding a new test lab and new hardware, but can also be used to support "the common-build infrastructure", Shawn Pearce from Google's Open Source Programs Office, said in an announcement.

Despite the donation, the Eclipse Foundation says it needs more resources to keep the project running smoothly.

"There are thousands of companies and millions of developers that make use of Eclipse every day. We need more of these companies to come forward to start participating in the core Eclipse platform. Google's contribution is a perfect example," Milinkovich wrote.

Topics: Open Source, Google, Operating Systems

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  • I would not call that "an example"

    Yes ... it is better than nothing. But the amount is a joke compared to the amount of monetary benefit Google gets out of the Eclipse project.

    $20K will barely cover the hardware alone. That won't cover the cost of the infrastructure needed to run the hardware, the cost of developers, administrators and support personnel.

    Again, it is better than nothing .... but in reality it is an empty gesture. With the amount of benefit Google gets, they should provide at a minimum the yearly salary for a full time developer assigned to (and managed by) the project.
    • Always Looking for the Negative

      Sure, Google could donate more. Why must it rest on their shoulders alone to support software that thousands of companies benefit from? They *are* setting an example. If other companies follow suit, Eclipse will have more than enough.

      Instead of criticizing Google for how "little" they donated, lets look at all the companies that sit by while using the software to their benefit.

      I won't assume your country of origin, but it does seem like so many people in this world look for the negative in all actions. Can no one do right? Would you have singled out Google with negative statements if they remained silent and did nothing? Would you have even noticed their (specifically their) lack of participation? If you answer, "yes," then I can only assume that your list of companies that should be ashamed for not helping is quite long.

      Milinkovich's blog statement (the last one of this article) shows appreciation and calls for others to follow the exmaple. I find that admirable.
  • Pretty Cheap

    How much is their revenue?

    That is a very cheap donation. I'm sure they spend that on lunch for the Board of Directors.