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AQAvit Brings Quality Assurance to Adoptium Marketplace and Java Ecosystem

The launch of the Adoptium Marketplace on May 26 is exciting news for the millions of developers, researchers, and organizations who rely on TCK-tested compatible Java runtimes. As noted in the announcement, by providing a vendor neutral home for the OpenJDK ecosystem, the marketplace makes it easier than ever to access Java SE-conformant binaries necessary for cloud native and enterprise deployments.

But there’s more to the story. For a long time, compatibility has been the name of the game when it came to Java implementations. The Adoptium Marketplace has been set up to take the Java ecosystem to the next stage of its development. 

That’s where Eclipse AQAvit comes in. It brings quality assurance metrics into the marketplace, so that the Java community can begin to select binaries not just based on compatibility but on quality. 

Eclipse AQAvit Brings Quality Assurance to Java

Everything in the marketplace will be compatible with the relevant version of the Java SE Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK). 

But TCK compatibility doesn’t tell you anything about the quality of the implementation. In recent years, the number of OpenJDK-based runtime distributions has absolutely exploded. And although many vendors maintain their own release quality tests, OpenJDK distros have historically not been built to any consistent quality standard. It has become increasingly clear that the Java ecosystem needs a consistent, multi-vendor definition of quality.

Ensuring high-quality binaries are ready for production deployment is crucial for the Adoptium Marketplace. The AQAvit project team compiled tens of thousands of tests and built a few of their own to produce a comprehensive, systematic way of ensuring the quality of runtimes available. The AQAvit Quality Verification Suite covers a broad set of requirements, ensuring binaries provide superior: 

  • Performance
  • Security
  • Resilience
  • Endurance

They also ensure that the binaries can pass a wide variety of application test suites and can verify new functionality during runtime development. That’s what’s unique about the Adoptium Marketplace: it provides peace of mind knowing that the binaries are not only compatible but will actually meet the demanding requirements of your enterprise applications.

Contributing Helps Ensure AQAvit Meets Your Needs

And in the spirit of open source, you give a little to get a lot.

Many of the founding members of the Adoptium Working Group are Java developers and vendors, including Alibaba Cloud, Azul, Huawei, IBM, iJUG, Karakun AG, Microsoft, New Relic, and Red Hat. The marketplace enables working group members to promote their Java SE compatible releases verified to Eclipse AQAvit’s quality criteria. Their membership helps support the cloud-based infrastructure that drives Adoptium’s efficiency as a shared community project. In other words, the working group collaborates to create and provide access to high-performance, enterprise-caliber, cross-platform, open source-licensed, and Java-compatible binaries of OpenJDK builds, through the marketplace. 

Contributing to the AQAvit project is one of the best ways to ensure access to runtimes that meet specific needs. We encourage Java community members to get involved and contribute additional tests to cover the use cases their applications require. They’ll be incorporated in the AQAvit test suite, so every binary going forward will have to meet that standard. This way enterprises and developers can be confident any AQAvit-verified binaries they use will function as needed. 

Security Updates for Java

Quality assurance is a big part of what makes the Adoptium Marketplace unique, but it’s not the whole picture. Security fixes are also an important focus.

Once upon a time, you could count on getting security fixes for old versions of Java for a long time. After all, if you’ve deployed a set of applications on a version, you’re probably going to want to use it for a long time. 

That’s no longer the case elsewhere. But all the distributions in the Adoptium Marketplace will be kept up to date with the latest security patches or those patches will be backported to older LTS versions. This way you can be sure that your applications are secure, no matter which version of Java you’re running them on. Of course, this goes for new versions of Java too.

Everything Users Need in One Place

The Adoptium Marketplace brings together all these elements — quality assurance, adaptability to community needs, security updates for every version, sustainability — into a one-stop shop for binaries. Ultimately, this delivers five key assurances to end users:

  • The binary has been tested and is compatible with the relevant version of the Java SE TCK
  • The binary was built in accordance with open source principles
  • The binary has been fully verified using the AQAvit quality verification criteria, having passed through multiple tests to ensure it meets industry quality standards
  • The binary is as secure as possible, with the latest security updates included
  • The binary is brought to you by a vendor committed to supporting and participating in a multi-vendor, vendor-neutral collaboration

If your organization is considering participating in the Adoptium Working Group, have a look at the Charter and Participation Agreement. Or if you have questions, email us at membership@eclipse.org

Written by Mike Milinkovich

May 31, 2022 at 7:33 am

Security Leadership at the Eclipse Foundation

As everyone who is involved in the software industry is well aware, security is a significant topic these days. In particular, open source supply chain security is top of mind across the entire ICT industry. The Eclipse Foundation, its community, its projects, and its working groups all have a strong motivation to be leaders in advocating and implementing security best practices. Our members, adopters, users, and stakeholders all desire that their security risks be mitigated to the degree possible. 

One thing that is clear, however, is that simply putting the burden of added security work on the shoulders of our committers and project leaders is not an option. This topic needs to be addressed by services provided by the Eclipse Foundation to our project community or it will fail. Without strong support in terms of release and build engineering, tooling, and education, developers simply do not have the time, interest, or skills necessary to be responsible for implementing security best practices. It is equally true that security, and particularly supply chain security, requires a programmatic approach. Security is not an attribute that you simply add to existing software.

So we need to provide services to our projects to implement our Open Source Software Supply Chain Best Practices. We envisage this as a collection of services provided to our projects by staff to protect our code repositories, secure third party artifacts, provide security audits, secure build pipelines, and protect build outputs. 

The Eclipse Foundation has long had a security policy, and is a CVE numbering authority. We have a long track record of taking security seriously. However, we are not going to be able to accomplish more without leadership. So, to that end, I am very pleased to announce that we have recently promoted Mikaël Barbero as our new Head of Security. Mikaël is well known to our community as having led our Common Build Infrastructure for many years, as well as having authored the best practices document referenced above. Mikaël will be providing leadership to our security initiatives, and will be working closely with our projects and our IT staff to steadily improve security across the Eclipse community. Some of this work will complement or leverage related efforts to improve our IP processes and provide software bill of materials (SBOMs) for all of our projects. We expect to make a number of program announcements over the coming months, so stay tuned. Please join me in welcoming Mikaël in his new role.

Written by Mike Milinkovich

May 12, 2022 at 7:41 am

The Eclipse IDE Working Group Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of the Eclipse IDE Working Group. A year ago, the Eclipse Foundation launched this Working Group focused on the Eclipse IDE and the Eclipse Simultaneous Release (SimRel). We would like to share some of our successes since the launch of the Working Group in April 2021. 

Highlights

  • 20 Years of the Eclipse IDE: 2021 was a momentous year for the Eclipse IDE, as we celebrated its 20 year anniversary!
  • Welcome Ed! Ed Merks joined us as a SimRel Architect and Release Engineer. Ed’s first set of tasks included preparing PGP signing support for the 2022-06 release and mapping out the project dependencies.
  • Productive collaboration Our collaboration with the Planning Council has been very effective. We have identified the top issues as outlined by the Planning Council and have a plan to address them.

PGP: A Community Success Story

A great community success story for the Eclipse IDE Working Group is the delivery of a fully-functional, secure PGP implementation for Eclipse 4.23 (SimRel 2022-03). This enhancement augments Eclipse’s existing security support which is based on jar signing. Jar signing has the significant drawback that artifacts originating from external dependencies must be modified in order to sign them, i.e., jar signatures are intrinsic to the artifact. In contrast, PGP signatures are extrinsic to the artifact and have long been used in Maven repositories to provide certification of origin. Eclipse’s PGP support facilitates significantly streamlined consumption of Maven-based artifacts by Eclipse projects, making it easier for our community to exploit and deliver the latest and greatest libraries with each quarterly simultaneous release.

The initial proof-of-concept PGP implementation was contributed by Mickael Istria. In combination with Mickael’s on-going participation, along with Christoph Läubrich’s technical insights, the working group has helped to harden the PGP implementation to industrial-strength quality for the SimRel 2022-03 delivery. Even the existing support for jar signing has been improved, as users can now easily save trusted X.509 certificates to avoid repeated trust prompts as is typical with self-signed certificates. Issue 11 provides a detailed track record of all the activities around PGP signing during the 2022-03 release cycle as well as additional background information.

With this groundwork in place, our community as a whole can exploit PGP signing for broader adoption in the Eclipse 4.24 (SimRel 2022-06) delivery this coming June.

Planning Council’s Top 3 Items

The Planning Council plays an important role in the Eclipse IDE WG. The Planning Council can be seen as the “technical” arm of the WG. At the beginning of the first year, under the leadership of Mélanie Bats, the Planning Council was tasked by the Steering Committee to identify the top issues affecting the successful release and adoption of the Eclipse IDE as a platform and a product.

After much brainstorming and debate the Planning Council recommended the “top three” items to the Steering Committee to focus on:

  • The “Bus Factor“, particularly of the release engineering processes of the Simultaneous Release (SimRel).
  • Identifying individual project risks, for example identifying which projects contributing to the SimRel are under-resourced and understanding which downstream projects are affected.
  • Updating the graphical layer Eclipse where it is lagging behind operating system changes, for example improving dark mode, better operating system and web browser integration.

The Steering Committee took these items and translated them to action points that are now being carried out and has allocated a substantial portion of the IDE WG’s budget to improving these common parts of the Eclipse IDE. The highlights of this work include:

  • Hiring Ed Merks as the SimRel release engineer.
  • Ed has also found time to start mapping out the incredibly complicated dependency graphs between the dozens of different projects contributing to the SimRel to better understand the impact of any particular project discontinuing participation and to fully understand the dependency chain of each bundle in the SimRel repository.
  • The Eclipse Foundation has created new guidelines for funding work such as the graphical layer improvements. This is the most recent action point and already some bugs are being fixed under this program.

One year into the Eclipse IDE WG and Jonah Graham is now the chair of  the Planning Council. The Planning Council is pleased to see some concrete actions taking place under the new Working Group. The structures and processes in the Working Group have progressed well and additional funding of the IDE WG will see direct improvements in the quality, stability and adoption of the Eclipse IDE.

Engage in the Working Group

We still have much to do! If you are interested in joining us and supporting the development of the Eclipse IDE technology stack, improving the user experience of the platform, and making it more attractive for organisations, let us know. We welcome the opportunity to speak with everyone who wants to help shape the future of the Eclipse IDE.

The resources funded by the IDE Working Group members are really paying dividends for our community, both for the producers and for the consumers. If you’re a consumer, please consider investing in our community’s ongoing success by supporting the Eclipse IDE with funding, contributions, new ideas, new points of view, and by getting directly involved in development efforts. Better funding enables us to achieve more, and more hands make the work lighter.

If you are interested in becoming a Working Group member, you can get in touch with us by completing the membership form or by sending an email to the Membership Coordination Team. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, let us know.

Stay In Touch

We love exchanging ideas, so if you have any questions or would like to know more about what we do here, connect with us!  You can also join our meetings to find out more about what we’re up to. They are open to the community and take place every 2 weeks from 2:30pm to 3:30pm (CET) on Tuesdays. Or you can contact a member of the steering committee, we’re always happy to talk to you.

Written by Mike Milinkovich

April 26, 2022 at 8:01 am

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Eclipse Software Defined Vehicle: Building the Future of Automotive

Today the Eclipse Foundation is announcing a new working group dedicated to developing a new and innovative software platform for the world’s automotive industry. The Eclipse Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) initiative has the support of leading companies across the automotive, IT, cloud, and services industries, all of which are necessary to create the platform and ecosystem that will drive innovation for the next generation of mobility solutions. 

The automotive industry today is undergoing a radical transformation. Electrification, autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems, and ever-increasing consumer expectations about their in-car digital experience, are all happening at once. These trends are dramatically transforming the system architectures embedded in vehicles. Automotive architectures are moving from networks of special purpose devices to something that more closely resembles servers on wheels, where more powerful general purpose computers are responsible for implementing and coordinating the various systems in the automobile, including the ones which keep us and our families safe on the road. And these systems architectures are rapidly changing how automotive software needs to be built.

The vision of SDV is to radically transform the automotive industry by collaboratively developing a common software platform that all participants in the automotive industry can use in an openly licensed, royalty-free manner. From an IT  technology perspective this is not particularly radical. After all, open source platforms and “software defined everything” (e.g. storage, networking, data center, radio, etc.) are two of the defining trends in the IT industry over the past decade (or more). In the case of open source platforms the trend has been driven by eliminating the cost of non-differentiating software, decreasing the time to market in delivering complex systems, and reducing risk by relying on proven software platforms and components. “Software defined everything” has largely been driven by Moore’s Law and the resulting cost savings of replacing special purpose devices with general purpose computers running special purpose software. 

But from an industry perspective, the technical implications of an openly licensed SDV software platform for the automotive industry are very radical. It will dramatically reshape the automotive industry similar to how software-defined networking reshaped the telecommunications industry. Free software platforms which provide a software stack for the core non-differentiating technologies will quickly lead to disruptive technical and business innovations across the value chain in any industry. 

The Eclipse SDV initiative is primarily radical because it is among the first truly open industry collaborations in automotive. Historically, automotive industry groups have delivered standards or specifications available only to members of their respective consortia. Often these innovations were encumbered with FRAND-style licensing arrangements which hindered wide adoption. Eclipse SDV is going to provide a radical departure from this “business as usual” approach in automotive by focusing on open source software stacks, liberally licensed software specifications, and a community-based, collaborative approach to innovation rather than the top-down, architecture-driven, consensus-based models of the past. The mantra of Eclipse SDV is “code first”, and that is definitely a radical idea in automotive. We are humbled by the trust that Accenture, Arm, AVL, Bosch, Capgemini, Continental Automotive, DMI, ETAS, Futurewei Technologies, Karakun, Microsoft, Red Hat, Reycom, SUSE, and ZF are placing in the Eclipse Foundation to act as the steward for this exciting initiative. 

I want to sincerely thank everyone who helped get this initiative off the ground and raise awareness about its value to organizations across the automotive industry.

I also want to encourage automotive industry stakeholders of all sizes and with any goals to consider joining the working group. The breadth and depth of in-vehicle software creates opportunities across every area of automotive development — from deployment, configuration, and communications to monitoring, safety, and security. If you or your organization are interested in learning more joining Eclipse SDV, please contact us

With the Eclipse Foundation’s commitment to transparency, vendor neutrality, and a shared voice, all participants have an equal opportunity to shape the future of the SDV Working Group and play a vital role in the future evolution of the automotive industry.  

To learn more about getting involved in the Software-Defined Vehicle Working Group, visit sdv.eclipse.org or email us at membership@eclipse.org

Written by Mike Milinkovich

March 8, 2022 at 8:56 am

The Eclipse Foundation #StandWithUkraine

The Eclipse Foundation supports Ukraine in the face of Russia’s invasion, an unprovoked act of aggression on a peaceful neighbor.  

This war directly impacts over 30 Eclipse Foundation committers who live and work in Ukraine. Many of them work on the Eclipse Che project, which was named after the city of Cherkasy, where many of them reside. Sadly, Cherkasy is one of the many Ukrainian cities that have been attacked. Our thoughts are with our colleagues in Ukraine, along with all those impacted. We hope you and your families are safe and that this invasion comes to an end quickly. 

In the short term, the cessation of war and a return to peace in Ukraine is paramount. In the longer term, it is our hope that peace and prosperity will soon flourish again. 

We #StandWithUkraine

Written by Mike Milinkovich

March 1, 2022 at 12:46 pm

Posted in Foundation