Robert Bosch GmbH has joined Eclipse as a Solution Member. Within the automotive domain, the membership of Bosch is a significant signal, since it is the first time that an OEM or a 1-st tier supplier supports Eclipse in this way.
It reflects the fact that Eclipse has established itself in the development tool chain of automotive software – in a domain that is traditionally rather conservative and cautious of open source software. Despite this cautioness, a lot of OEMs and 1-st tiers are already making use of Eclipse, but the notion of open source, community source and collaboration still raises questions in middle and upper management.
The membership of a major 1-st tier shows that it is feasible to use and contribute open source for tool development.