Sunday, September 01, 2002

O'Reilly Network: J2EE Open Source [September 01, 2002] "Fleury points out that JBoss provides an affordable way for developers on a budget to use J2EE, and notes that without this alternative they'll likely switch to .NET. McNeally points out that open source J2EE servers pull the rug out from under Sun's Java revenue model. The fact is that other than licensing revenue Sun has no way to make real money off of Java. That's something Sun doesn't need, and the viability of the Java platform without Sun is a very open question. I don't think it's safe to assume that IBM and BEA and the like would be able or willing to take up the load. For Sun, losing the low end (where they can't sell servers anyway) to .NET would not be the worst thing that could happen. Which theoretically implies that it could lose it to JBoss just as easily, if not for the fact that JBoss will continue creeping up towards the high-end."
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