Intellectual Property (IP)
IP was a hot topic at the board meeting for the committer representatives. Ideally, all committers would love to see the IP process be as fast as possible and less confusing. To help with some of the issues around IP and committers, a new "IP Working Group" was established to get input on what can be improved. A couple topics for the working group are:
- How to improve IPZilla to make it easier for committers to use?
- Can the Parallel IP Process be used by all projects, instead of just incubation ones?
- Can we reduce the redundancy of legal files across Eclipse and its projects?
The board also passed a resolution for how projects should deal with using proprietary tools. Committers should keep this in mind as the use of proprietary tools may unintentionally set a high barrier to entry for new committers on projects.
The topic of project diversity was brought up and how projects can attract new committers (if need be). This is a personal issue for me as I'm more concerned how Eclipse can attract more independent committers. In the end, this is something really up to projects themselves. Ideally, all projects should have an infrastructure (ie., good documentation on how to get started) that allows for committers and contributors to participate. Eclipse is doing some good things to bring in new contributors and committers to the fold. I'm really proud of the Eclipse Summer of Code work and I hope more projects continue to participate in this program. Also, there is work in progress to start a "Bug Day" for Eclipse which I plan to announce once it's ready.
Oh by the way, Ed spotted a fox again.
On the whole, I can say that the committer representatives were very happy with the direction that the board meetings went. The board was very responsive to committer issues that were brought up, so that means if you have an issue, please post something and we'll do our best to respond. If you don't speak, your voice won't be heard :)