The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member-supported corporation that acts as a steward of the Eclipse community and its projects. The foundation is responsible for the Eclipse open-source software platform, an integrated development environment (IDE) for building software in various programming languages. The Eclipse platform is widely used for developing applications in Java, C++, and other languages.
The Eclipse Foundation was created in 2004, when IBM donated the Eclipse platform to the open-source community. Today, the foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is elected by the members. The foundation's membership is made up of individuals, companies, and organizations that contribute to and use the Eclipse platform.
The Eclipse Foundation oversees the development and maintenance of the Eclipse platform and its many projects, which cover a wide range of areas including Java development tools, modeling, reporting and business intelligence, embedded development, and more.
The Eclipse platform is known for its extensibility, which allows developers to add new functionality through plugins, and the vast ecosystem of plugins and extension available for various use cases. The Eclipse platform is also known for its ease of use and user-friendly interface.
The foundation also hosts a number of other open-source projects and initiatives beyond the Eclipse platform, like Eclipse Che, Eclipse IoT, and Eclipse Foundation Specifications.