Huawei has been a long-time member of the Eclipse Foundation and contributed to a number of projects there. Today, the company announced that they are upgrading their participation to a strategic level.
Huawei states that it is a strong supporter of open source and is already a strategic member of many other open source organisations. They are a platinum member of and top contributor to the Linux Foundation, OpenStack Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and OPNFV. Huawei also contributes to and leads many projects for the Apache Foundation such as OpenSDS and ServiceComb.
Huawei says that they have three primary reasons for strategically partnering with Eclipse. A strong set of shared common values around open source governance, a strong mutual focus in Europe and a strong alignment around open source technologies.
Common Values around Open Source Governance
An open source foundation with strong open governance, though, ensures that everyone can participate not only in sharing code but also in the overall benefits of a project, as long as they contribute. Eclipse has a stellar track record for providing open governance for over 380 projects and about 200 million lines of code.
At Huawei, we prefer to have both open source software and open governance around our projects. Often times, companies will open source software but retain overall governance control of these projects.
With these single-vendor projects, the community is not empowered to guide their overall direction, even if it has full access to code. Sometimes, this leads to adverse results, such as splits and forks between the community and vendor, projects being relicensed out of open source, or project failures. Huawei said.
Mutual Focus on Europe
Huawei is a global company that does business in over 170 countries and regions. But, Europe is one of the regions where Huawei has invested the most, from operating many R&D centers and joint development labs with partners, to participating in EU research projects and supporting academic research at leading universities, to bringing many innovative solutions to market.
Similarly, Eclipse Foundation is especially strong in Europe. It operates the wholly owned European subsidiary, Eclipse Foundation Europe GmbH and participates in many EU research projects, maintaining a talented local staff to work with project teams in Europe.
We are excited to be able to collaborate with Eclipse to further grow the open source ecosystem together in Europe, along with our many European partners. Huawei said,
Alignment on Open Source Technologies
Eclipse Foundation has 4 strategic focus areas: Cloud Native Java, IoT & Edge, Automotive and Tools. Huawei, also has strong technologies across each of these areas.
At Huawei, we believe that open source software with open governance is the best way to work together for everyone’s mutual benefit. We are looking forward to a successful partnership with Eclipse Foundation and to working together with everyone in open source. Huawei said.