Google Moves to Eclipse Apple

May 15, 2010

I know that Eclipse is a popular open source development tool. We use it here in rural Kentucky. You can read about Google’s new Eclipse Lab in Google Code Blog. The story “Announciong Eclipse Labs” presents the details and lots of links. One link I did not see was an explicit pointer to the Eclipse Foundation. The great folks at Eclipse, on the other hand, posted a write up and a link to Google. Interesting in my opinion.

Now my three thoughts:

First, Google is setting the stage to turn up the heat on the open versus closed opportunity for developers. Apple is closed and bad. Google is less closed and good. You can turn your own skepticism meter to calibrate the values for bad and good.

Second, the announcement is tantamount to a Google endorsement. My hunch is that each vote for open source sets the stage for more open source opportunities for individuals and organizations. This is important in my opinion.

Third, the Google seep and surround stratgegy lacks marketing zing, but the Google is playing three dimensional chess and some companies are pushing checkers in a more tactical game. Google’s bet is that its ad revenue stream neutralizes short term market advantages over the long haul in multiple dimenstions.

Stephen E Arnold, May 15, 2010



2 Responses to “Google Moves to Eclipse Apple”

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  2. Brian on May 15th, 2010 9:01 am

    I love the 3-dimensional chess analogy. I have similar admiration/distrustfulness of Google’s incredible rate of growth, though your analogy is kinder than mine. Considering their aggressive push to offer Google Apps to schools free of charge I’ve always likened them more to the swarthy Joe Camel.

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