Skip to comments.Red Hat Sets JBoss Free with WildFly Application Server
Posted on 04/22/2013 6:54:51 AM PDT by ShadowAce
Red Hat is renaming and rebuilding its open source JBoss application server. The new name is WildFly and with it will come a faster and more transparent development process.
Ever since Red Hat acquired JBoss in April of 2006 for $350 million, there has been both an open source JBoss Application Server (AS) and a commercial JBoss Application Platform.
After seven years of being in the market with those two technologies, Red Hat became concerned that there was some confusion about the two products and their relationship with each other.
"The issue was that the JBoss AS naming was close to the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform so it was easy for people to get confused," Jason Andersen, director, product line management at Red Hat, told ServerWatch. "By renaming JBoss AS to WildFly we are making the separation more clear to everyone."
The relationship between WildFly and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is analogous to the relationship between Fedora Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat terminated its Red Hat Linux product line in 2003, evolving to the Fedora Core Linux community. Fedora serves as an upstream project for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
"So WildFly will be our upstream project and it will continue to be the leading edge of what ends up in the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform," Andersen said.
As to why Red Hat is making the move now with JBoss, it also has to do with the fact that over the years JBoss has become many things.
"There was of course the application server, there are a number of JBoss commercial products, there was the community site, etc. So when you asked someone, 'What is JBoss?' the answer was varied," Andersen explained. "What we wanted to do was cement the idea that JBoss is a portfolio of middleware products and not just the application server."
WildFly isn't just about a new name either. Andersen noted that the methods by which Red Hat plans to deliver WildFly releases will be more rapid.
"We wanted to get the community, and therefore new innovation, moving quicker," Andersen said. "Over the past couple years that was not always possible with our model."
While the JBoss Application Server name is going away the community JBoss.org site is not. Today there are over 100 projects on JBoss.org.
"Of course the biggest and most well known was the JBoss AS project, but JBoss.org is the connecting point for lots of great upstream efforts such as Hibernate, Drools and Infinispan," Andersen said. "So the community site will continue forward."
who pays $350 million for ‘free’ software?
Give away the software, sell the maintenance.
Its the support and commercial lic’ charge RHN is after. They don’t have a bad busines model actually..
Considering it's a billion-dollar company, I'd have to agree.
With advance apologies to Freeper Linux supporters, I have worked with a lot of Linux zealot wingnuts, and they have usually been democrats too.
And they could not see the hypocrisy of working on their pet Linux ‘free’ projects while getting paid by someone else.
Hmm--I'll try that:
Microsoft supports democrats and abortion on demand. All Windows developers must support those causes, too. They just can't see the hypocrisy in developing for a leftist organization while claiming to be conservative.
I love it when people dont understand free software. Nothing is free.
My friend is Apache. That is free, does anyone really think you get free servers? The problem is collaboration is where the money is. If you dont connect your dont succeed. To many software companies dont get it. Its all moving to fast to think you do it yourself.
Red Hat and Microsoft are not to far apart. They both have their models but separation is degree.
wow! it didnt take long to make my point.
Already two linux users chime in with snarky comments...
What was your point? That people take offense when you paint them unfairly?
That linux users are ‘tards
And it’s usually you SA who chimes in the fastest on anything Linux
At least we don't support democrats and pro-death organizations like Windows people. I think that makes us a little smarter than Windows 'tards.
I CLEARLY stated I was commenting on my personal experience, I know Freepers are Linux users too, but the majority I have met that have been Linux fanatics have been as I described.
Yes, its a GREAT business model if you can get other people to pay your workers to produce “free” software.
And for some reason Linux users go absolutely nuts when you badmouth their personal choice of operating systems- just like in real life where the Linux users I met on the job behaved the same way.
I use Mickeysoft (oops! did I call them that?) because I GET PAID WELL to use it. I have no personal interest other than getting paid by people who want my services.
If someone paid me to write them a DOS program tomorrow i would happily do it.
And I would not get mad at anyone who called DOS bad names. Its just that these "the other side sucks" arguments are too much fun, and you Linux guys tweak so easily.. ( so :P )
I usually don't care what people use--but I don't like being called a 'tard--or a hypocrite. :)
I apologize for the ‘tard comment (but I explicity EXCLUDED freeper Linux Users!)
I am a smartass when it somes to this particular topic. You cant believe how many argumants I have had with linux geeks in real life who act so superior because they prefer one operating system over another.
We had one guy who made the mistake of laughing at WINDOWS over linux at a meeting and the boss gave him a pantload! he said “thats what they said when windows was invented and look where Microsoft is now”