Tuesday, April 11, 2006

J2EE and FOSS

Yesterday's news of JBoss being bought by Red Hat for about $400m sent Sun shares skidding badly. It seems the world knows what Sun can't admit - Sun needs to provide a popular Jave 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) server, to grow mindshare and market.


JBoss is popular for a number of reasons:


  1. It's free and open source software (FOSS)
  2. It includes a number of excellent technologies (e.g. Hibernate)
  3. It is backed by the JBoss service organization


When Jonathan Schwartz talks about building communities, this is what he must be aiming at. JBoss is a fine example of a successful open source community. As Sun invetors, let us hope that Sun can emulate this in the very near term.

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