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ECF 3.13.1 was released on-time as part of the Neon Simultaneous
Release. ECF has participated in all 11 Simultaneous Releases and
has been an Eclipse Platform dependency (filetransfer for p2) for > 5
years. In that time we have met all SR requirements, met our all our
commitments to Platform, and never been late. I think that's an
incredible accomplishment and record for a small all-volunteer team.
Unfortunately, I think we are at a point where ECF's SR participation
cannot continue. As project and Foundation requirements have steadily
increased, the support for ECF (committer time) has decreased to the
point where I as project lead cannot sustain SR participation because of
my limited personal resources. As well, I now think that ECF gets far
less from the SR than we put into it, and that inequity also can't
continue. If the current resources situation doesn't somehow change
substantively over the next few months, my intention is to withdraw ECF
from the next SR.
Note this does not mean that ECF will slow down in our delivery to and
support of our community. We have typically averaged > 4 releases per
year, and I expect that will continue...and perhaps even increase. Non
participation in the SR will only mean that I won't have to do all the
work necessary for meeting the SR release requirements as well as doing
the actual releases, and so will be able to concentrate on adding value
in other ways...e.g. supporting the developer/Remote Services user
community, doing more examples/tutorial/documentation, creating more
distribution and discovery providers, recruiting, mentoring, and
supporting ECF committers, and working on additional Eclipse-based
tooling to make Remote Services/RSA development easier.
I wanted to bring this up early in the cycle so that this could be
discussed in public via this list. If you have comments please feel
free to make them either in response to this posting in public
(preferred) or to me directly if you deem appropriate.