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Apache releases open-source Java application server

Antony Savvas

The open-source Apache Software Foundation has released Apache Geronimo 1.0, an open Java-based application server.

The solution has been under development for more than two years, and its release creates another freely available open-source alternative to proprietary Java application servers.

Sun Microsystems, which owns most of the main intellectual property to the Java code, has until now refused to make the system open-source, despite having a strategy of eventually making all its software freely available.

Sun’s stance on Java has meant that many Java-based solutions aren’t as cheap to deploy and use as many users would like, but Apache’s Geronimo solution will give them another relatively cheap option.

Java application servers run Java programs, including the delivery of web pages. The Geronimo software works to the Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.4 standard.


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