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Two Easy Things You Can Do to Support the Open Source IoT and Edge Community

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 11:44 by Frédéric Desbiens

Most of what we do at the Eclipse Foundation happens in public. Our mailing lists and code repositories are open to all. Anyone can freely download, modify, and redistribute our code and slide decks with little to no strings attached. This kind of openness is the mark of truly successful ecosystems. However, one persistent problem for our open source committers and contributors is the lack of information about who uses the code they write and for what purpose.

This lack of information is a significant disadvantage from a product and project management perspective. It is easier to prioritize new features or bug fixes when you know who uses your code and for what purpose. Moreover, our committers and contributors are keen to engage with their user community to discuss their roadmap and solicit feedback.

While this is a persistent and hard-to-solve problem, there are two easy things you can do to help. Both will require only a few minutes of your time.

The first is to show your support for your favorite Eclipse projects related to IoT and Ege Computing through the Eclipse IoT Adopters program. To participate, all you need to do is to create a GitHub issue to allow us to display your company's logo on our Adopters page. You do not need to divulge anything about how you use the technology. 

You can also help by participating in our 2023 IoT and Edge Developer and Commercial Adoption Survey. Our open source project teams need to understand where the market is headed to implement the features you need. Your input will help IoT and edge computing stakeholders better understand developer needs and challenges while influencing how organizations address these challenges. The survey will close on June 28, 2023.


Since our survey reports are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0), you can copy and redistribute them in any medium or format. You can also remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially. All you need to do is give the appropriate credit to the Eclipse Foundation! You can access our past survey reports on this page.

Please help us help the open source community!