Re: commercial version

From: Joachim Schimpf <>
Date: Tue 24 Apr 2001 08:47:01 PM GMT
Message-ID: <>
> Is it still the case that
> "the legal situation is that commercial
> exploitation of Eclipse currently is exclusive to our start-up
> company Parc Technologies" ?

Yes, that is still the case. Parc Technologies now finances
most of the work on Eclipse and has the commercial rights.
At the same time, we continue to make the full functionality
and the latest developments available to academia, and we
will continue to do that.

As you can imagine, we have repeatedly discussed whether
to make commercial versions available, but so far the
conclusion has always been that there is unfortunately
not enough demand to make this a sustainable business model
for our company.

> Is there a way for me to release a commercial application
> that uses Eclipse?

Not unless your customer himself qualifies for an academic
Eclipse licence.

> Or should I be looking for an alternative straightaway?
> It would only be very kind of you suggest an alternative...

That depends very much on your application. For the kind
of projects we are doing here, we don't think there are good
alternatives that provide the necessary flexibility, that's
why we keep working on Eclipse...
But if you have an application that uses a clearly circumscribed
subset of Eclipse functionality (e.g. just fd solver), then
you may be in a better position.

 Joachim Schimpf              /             phone: +44 20 7594 8187
 IC-Parc, Imperial College   /  
 London SW7 2AZ, UK         /
Received on Tue Apr 24 21:49:15 2001

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