GlassFish 3 is the third major Open Source release of what was originally Sun's Application Server.
The earlier releases GlassFish were under Sun ownership:
(also released as the Sun Java System Application Server 9.0),
(Sun Java System Application Server 9.1)
(Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3.0.1), but later releases have been
under Oracle ownership.
The names and numbers have changed slightly under Oracle:
the Open Source, Community, version is the
GlassFish Server Open Source Edition,
while the commercial distribution is called the
Oracle GlassFish Server.
GlassFish 3 is a modular App Server built on an
GlassFish 3 implements the Java EE 6 standards, including the new Web Profile;
it is a small but highly performant app server that has very fast start-up, application deployment
and re-deployment, is embeddable and can be updated through an update center.
GlassFish 3 has tool support from all the major IDEs and supports non-Java languages.
All public releases also have an accompanying commercial, for-fee releases,
but there are also sustaining releases only available through our
Enterprise Support for GlassFish.
All GlassFish 3 releases and patches are distributed as collections of IPS packages,
Upgrading Across Releases and Installing Patches.
Major releases use the "dot" terminology, starting with "3.0", then going to "3.1", etc.
"Dot dot" releases are minor releases.
The releases under Sun used the "v"; this has been dropped in the releases under Oracle.
All patches are cumulative, i.e. fixes are accumulated in subsequent releases
and the last digit in the release number often, but not always, matches its name.
The "No-Cost" term denotes a free release,
while the "Restricted" term denotes a commercial release.
The current releases are:
• GlassFish v3 Prelude (No-Cost - November 6th, 2008)
• GlassFish v3 Preview (No-Cost - June 1st, 2009)
• GlassFish v3 (No-Cost - December 10th, 2009)
Completes Acquisition of Sun
• GlassFish 3.0.1 (Community and Commercial - June 17th, 2010)
• GlassFish 3.0.1 Patch 1 (Commercial - November 8th, 2010)
In a graphical presentation:
We strongly encourage users interested in the "v3" functionality to go directly to the latest version of the
GlassFish 3 family.
The v3 releases are developed in parallel with continued support releases in the
users and customers interested in clustering and state replication should use GlassFish v2
until these features show up in GlassFish 3.1.
Entries related to roadmaps are tagged as
Note This is a running entry and will be updated as new releases occur.
Note-2 Entry has been back-dated so it shows before all the v3 releases.