The LTS initiative is open to any organization with an interest in long-term support and maintenance for Eclipse technology. Members of the LTS working group must also be members of the Eclipse Foundation.
There are four membership levels: Guest, Participant, Premium, and, Steering Committee.
Long Term Support provides the infrastructure and ecosystem for the support of Eclipse in industries that require Eclipse releases to be maintained over a very long time. Industries such as aerospace, automotive, and enterprise software are expected to support their software stack for 10-50 years. Often, community-based support is not enough to meet customer expectations. The Eclipse LTS initiative allows these companies to release bug fixes and maintenance releases of previous versions of Eclipse technologies.
The Eclipse LTS Industry Working Group enables an ecosystem of service providers, technology providers and large enterprise consumers of Eclipse to share fixes and releases. It also provides the IT infrastructure to fix, build, sign and deploy updates for older versions of Eclipse. The LTS infrastructure includes code repositories, bug tracking, knowledge management, and software distribution & code signing.
The code hosted by the LTS working group remains open source, licensed under the same open source license. For example, the EPL.
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