But wait, there's even more "open" news from IBM today.
IBM Unveils New Apache Geronimo-Based Software and SupportCheck out these articles on the release of the new WebSphere Community Edition:
ARMONK, NY -- Oct 25, 2005 -- IBM today announced new open source-based software and support, expanding IBM's commitment to help customers innovate from industry-standard technologies.
Called WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE), the software provides mid-sized businesses, departments in large enterprises and business partners with easy access to open source-based technologies with no upfront costs. WAS CE is customizable application server software that features a small footprint, making it easier to download and manage.
Based on core open source technology from the J2EE-certified Apache Geronimo application server, WAS CE and related subscription support provide a flexible and affordable alternative to traditional commercial software offerings and can help customers begin to deploy a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).
WAS CE includes technology from Gluecode Software, which IBM acquired in May. With this new offering of WAS CE, IBM broadens the range of customer choice for infrastructure software, while providing a transition to more feature-rich versions of WebSphere, the industry's leading standards-based middleware.