Over the last couple years, I have grown worried about the future of the Eclipse Platform and many other key components that we are all taking for granted. One of the worry is the difficulty to staff the projects and to find financing. This issue is not new and you can find discussions to that effect going all the way back to 2009.
So after a long reflection and numerous chats with other Eclipse committers, I've decided to take action.
I've recently started a crowd-funding campaign to create a streamlined IDE for Java developers from which part of the fund will be used to finance improvements in the Eclipse open-source components. To learn all the details about it, please take a look at this Kickstarter page and of course don't forget to give and share with your friends, team leads, managers, etc.