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Since it's beginning nine years ago, ECF has participated in the annual
Eclipse Foundation simultaneous release. Over time, participation has
added much value for ECF consumers, as the requirements for
participation  have resulted in ECF having very reliable/predictable
releases and higher quality via all of the associated release
engineering (e.g. a stable and flexible build, automated testing,
supporting multiple distribution targets, documentation, etc).
Another potential benefit of the SR is the associated
marketing/visibility for the project. I would argue, however, that ECF
gets very little marketing value from the EF, and that seems to me very
unlikely to change.
There are significant repeating costs on ECF: i.e. meeting all of the
requirements , preparing and doing reviews, submitting plans, etc.,
etc. At this point, meeting many of these requirements have been
nicely automated via our previous release engineering work (primarily by
Markus K and others), but unfortunately many of them can't be automated,
and the resources to complete these requirements (e.g. my and others'
time) are becoming more restricted.
Questions to discuss:
1) Do people see continued value to ECF committers/contributors and
consumers in participation in the SR?
2) If your answer is yes: are you willing to provide resources (i.e.
committer and/or contributor time) to make this happen?
The time driver for this discussion is that all participating projects
must declare their intention to participate by Mars M4, which this year
is December 12. I'm starting this discussion early so that everyone in
the community that wishes may provide input to the decision.