Look Out, World, Here Comes Red Hat

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-04-10 Print this article Print

Opinion: Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss could be big news for the entire software world. (Linux-Watch)

Red Hat acquiring JBoss is big news for the open-source world. It may be even bigger news for the entire software world, though. Red Hat has long been the dominant Linux distributor. Its switch from a retail-box end-user Linux to a subscription-based business distribution made it no friends in the Linux community, but Red Hats bottom line showed that its path was a rip-roaring business success. On the flip side, love him or hate him, JBoss CEO Marc Fleury, with his "professional open source," has made JBosss J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) server and its associated software—JEMS (JBoss Enterprise Middleware System)—the Java-based middleware stack for businesses.
Put them together and you get a company that can challenge Microsoft across the entire server line.
Thats not news, in some ways. Linux owns edge-servers, which provide Web and Internet services. In enterprises, Linux also kicks rump and takes names, with its Samba-based file and print services. In addition, LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl) servers have long been seen as the low-end for Web services. But, when they wanted serious enterprise services, most businesses have heretofore turned to a Microsoft proprietary stack or to J2EE. Click here to read more about Red Hats acquisition of JBoss. Now, Red Hat will be able to offer an integrated software stack that can handle all of a companys server needs. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Look out world, here comes Red Hat Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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