Ok, I just started a crowdfunding project (at www.indiegogo.com) for the continued development of PyDev (and improvements on Eclipse overall).
In this post, I hope to shed some light on why this funding is needed.
First, a little bit of history just to give some context: I've been developing PyDev for more than 10 years already (wow, I just realized that as I started the campaign) and it's definitely a pretty successful project (if it's not the most used Python IDE, it's definitely among the top ones).
So, backtrack a few years...
PyDev started doing success and I created a commercial extension to enable me to work more time on PyDev itself. After some time, Aptana acquired it and I joined them. Unfortunately, Aptana itself didn't turn out very well: it focused on its main product (the IDE) without generating any revenue from it, while trying to make side projects worthy enough to cover for everything (but those side projects weren't successful enough for that).
Enter Appcelerator: it acquired Aptana out of the need to provide a deeper integration for its main product (which is Titanium). So, for some time, it did back up the PyDev development (along with the other languages), but in the end, their main product is Titanium and the tools around it, so, PyDev itself wasn't seen as relevant enough to be kept supported (to be clear, they're still hosting the homepage and downloads, but not backing the development itself). As such, in the end of the last year they stopped supporting its development.
So, that's where the project is at now: it's (IMHO) a pretty successful, but unable to generate revenue for its continued support. Given this scenario I decided to create a crowdfunding project to ask for the community to provide resources to make that happen.
So, please help in funding (and sharing) at http://igg.me/at/liclipse to keep PyDev going strong!