Software consumers in domains like aerospace have to face different issues than the traditional software industry when creating Embedded Software:
The software embedded in a spatial mission needs to be supported for more than 40 years in response to the lifetime of the mission.
The software embedded in an aircraft flight command system must be "certified" according to aircraft safety standards, including the tooling used to produce this software.
Thus, during the whole life-cycle of the product, those Software consumers need maturity assessment and long lasting support for their tooling.
These concerns are also relevant in other safety regulated environments like railway or energy, and also for other domains with long life products like telco.
We will tell you the story of these users who decided to adopt Open Source more than five years ago to tackle these strategic issues with Topcased. And how they are extending their ecosystem with the creation of OPEES, an initiative for the Long Term Support of open source tooling for Embedded Software.
We will also go through the evolution of the Eclipse Foundation during this period of time, and how it introduced the notion of Long Term Support and Industrial Working Groups.
Good news is that these stories meet now with the creation of the OPEES IWG inside Eclipse.