In case you haven't already heard, the much-anticipated version 1.0 of Apache Geronimo is now available for download. Dave Klavon lists "some of the key functions delivered in this maiden release" (as well as links to more info) in the dW blog dedicated to Geronimo.
Want to learn more? developerWorks offers a section dedicated to Geronimo project resources, and has published quite a bit of Geronimo-related material. Of particular interest for newbies is our "Get started with Geronimo" article, which provides a good overview and will get you "up and running with Geronimo in five minutes flat."
Note also that IBM's own WebSphere Application Server Community Edition is a lightweight J2EE application server built on Apache Geronimo.[Read More]
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Today IBM announced IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, a new J2EE-based app server built on Apache Geronimo, the open source application server project of the Apache Software Foundation.
developerWorks just published an interview with Scott Cosby and Paul Buck that describes WAS CE (which will be available for download later this year) and its significance. As Paul Buck states, "With IBM and a diverse open source community already backing Apache Geronimo, I don't think any other open source app server enjoys the same community investment in both engineering time and proven technology contributions."
This news comes on the heels of the release of Apache Geronimo 1.0-M5, which is the first version of Geronimo to boast official and full J2EE 1.4 certification. (Today Apache also issued a brief press release about the new J2EE-certified "Milestone 5" version of Geronimo.) Other news on the Geronimo front: a new logo.
The WAS CE announcement not only reaffirms and extends IBM's commitment to open source in general and Geronimo in particular. It also means you have more options, more choices. If you want the latest open source code direct from Apache, then you can download it directly from the Apache Geronimo site. If you seek something that's been vetted by IBM, WAS CE may your choice; it's gone through some additional testing to insure it works well with the IBM Java Virtual Machine and meets IBM's legal, quality and performance requirements. And if you need a more robust, industrial-strength app server, WebSphere Application Server V6.0 boasts enhanced capabilities for transaction management as well as security, performance, availability, connectivity, and scalability.
We'll offer the WAS CE download through developerWorks as soon as it is available. In the meantime, for more perspective on WebSphere Application Server Community Edition and its significance, see our interview and these related independent articles:
"IBM Offers WebSphere Geronimo" (eWeek)
"IBM releases open source answer to JBoss" (Computer Business Review)
"IBM Unveils Apache Geronimo Software for SOA Web Services" (Sys-Con)[Read More]
IBM's been giving Geronimo a lot of attention lately. (Enough to bring me back to the blogosphere despite being in the midst of a big move from North Carolina to Texas...) Earlier this year, IBM acquired Gluecode Software, whose products are based on the Geronimo application server. In recent months, IBM developerWorks has been publishing a series of articles on Geronimo. Tuesday at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, IBM announced it will begin providing support services for Apache Geronimo, and also announced it has contributed its Gluecode Management Console software to the Geronimo open-source project.
I find it particularly notable that IBM will formally and fully support customers who are using pure, open-source Geronimo, as well as those who upgrade with Gluecode. "Developers that want pure open source technology can choose Geronimo, and those that want an open source-based solution with value-added features can opt for Gluecode," said Robert LeBlanc, IBM WebSphere general manager. "Now both are backed by support services from IBM." In other words, IBM will support you even if you stop short of buying the IBM enhancements and go with the open-source option.
Why? It seems IBM recognizes this as an opportunity -- not only to attract more small and mid-sized customers, but also to make money by selling support to the many Geronimo users.
As I see it, the fact that IBM is setting up a formal support structure for Geronimo signifies two things: One, Geronimo is a big, big deal with a bright, long future. (After all, IBM does continue to operate as a for-profit corporation! When for-profit companies are effectively putting bets on key technologies and business models, I for one take notice.) And two, IBM continues to "walk the talk" -- not just talk about but take tangible steps that show significant support for open standards and open source.[Read More]
Today IBM announced it has acquired Gluecode Software, a privately-held company known for developing open source application infrastructure software based on Apache Geronimo, the open source Web application server platform.
I'm pleased to see IBM take another step to demonstrate that it values open source and open standards. IBM's support of Apache projects continues to grow, and with this move IBM effectively commits to Apache Geronimo as the open source application server of the future, which combined with WebSphere gives IBM a rich set of technology to serve a variety of clients' needs.
The Gluecode acquisition also shows that developers who work on open source projects get rewarded. I'd imagine a few of you are happy to see such activities.
ALSO: Learn about the new Eclipse plug-in for Geronimo. It's designed to give you a head start in developing and deploying Web apps to the Apache Geronimo server.