Tuesday Apr 03, 2007

Update to GlassFish Beta Contest - Blog About it!

Someone asked "if they blogged about the GlassFish V2 Beta would that count as a contest entry"? Well yes, but you still HAVE to fill out the official form to enter. For the entry to be valid either enter a permalink to the blog entry (so we can find it) or copy and paste the blog contents into the form. Contest details are here

Sunday Apr 01, 2007

And we have the 1st winner in the GlassFish V2 Beta contest!

The GlassFish V2 Beta contest has produced its first winner, but before I talk about them, let me cover some of the interesting feedback we have been given. We had roughly 50 entries to the contest from folks all over the world - Russian Federation, Germany, Thailand and the USA to name a few - that is pretty exciting! In general, the comments are mostly very positive and some are just...interesting. Remember the engineers get all your comments and use them to A)cheer themselves up B)gripe about why you don't love the code they have sweated over for years and C)improve GlassFish!

On the Interface
"The UI looks much better than it did in previous versions" "At first glance, I really like the interface. It looks nice, clean and simple. I like a simple interface". "It is great to see a JSR admin GUI...it seems more robust that the previous version" and, my favorite: "The administration console which has more configuration options than the JBoss equivalent without being overy complex like the Weblogic equivalent"

Stability
"GlassFish is very robust and stable", "Stable product, takes little resource to to work", "Installs like a charm,...stable and reliable", "My Wicket Web app ran the first time".

Community
"Need more Japanese informations about GlassFish to increase users in Japan..same for most Asian countries)" ( I think this is true in general so please join the community and help translate documents - Ken)

Interesting Comments
"(GlassFish) can be deployed on obsolete hardware" - (Yes, and all of us are forced to use obsolete hardware at sometime! - Ken) "Really it is good to use and it was Faster than the Microsoft Product" - (I am really happy to hear this. I haven't used the MSFT Java EE 5 implementation, but look forward to the opportunity ;) - Ken)

Mac Users
"On my MacBook, the application server seems to start faster than V1". "The installation process worked well in console mode. It, however, did not work when using X11 on MacOS 10.4 for the display"

So the 1st winner (remember we have 3 more to go) is Tim Davidson out of the UK. To read his full comment just click here.

Monday Mar 26, 2007

Test a Fish, Win an iPod

The GlassFish V2 (Java EE 5) beta is up and running. It's been up for 2 weeks and we've got only 50 entries so far - not many - so the chances of winning one of the iPods is pretty good. It's simple, just go and download the Beta Bits, enter the contest, Contest Rules (it's a link off the Admin console - we need something to make sure you've downloaded and installed the bits) then fill in the form with your opinion. It's pretty easy, but beware, answers like "I like it" are not likely to win. We are looking for insightful, compelling comments so it might take you a few minutes to write your entry. I"ll be blogging about some of the comments this week and we'll pick our first winner (from the 1st 2 weeks of the contest) this week!

Wednesday Nov 22, 2006

Sun's App Server is #2 in latest Evan's Survey AHEAD of IBM

There is alot of press about the IBM interpretation of the latest Evans data on application server use by developers. IBM spins the data as they are growing faster than JBoss. This may be true and when you are growing from a small base, its always easier to "outgrow" someone who has a large base.

What I find interesting is the REAL data from the Evans Fall OSS/ Linux Developer Survey - the survey that asks Linux developers what they use, you find that that the application servers they develop on are: #1 is JBoss, #2 is Sun and #3 is IBM. (In this case it was NOT IBM's community edition but their commercial version.) This data is very revealing. The open source community has quite a few application servers to choose from these days and they are tending to use the supported, commercial based ones. Early on, developers used open source because it was open source, now, it seems, they are getting a bit more pragmatic and are choosing the more robust application servers. I think the Sun application server has a 4 things going for it 1) its Java EE 5 compatible, 2) its free to download and deploy (as is the GlassFish open source app server), 3) it is based on the robust commercial code that Sun has been supporting for years and 4) there is a transparent migration path up to the enterprise grade, high availabilty version.

Monday Nov 13, 2006

GlassFish and Ubuntu

UBUNTU is the most wildly popular GNU/Linux distribution (according to distrowatch.com) and last week we announced that GlassFish would be distributed with Ubuntu. One of the benefits of dual licensing GlassFish is that it makes it easier to distribute w/ Ubuntu as they prefer the GPL license to the CDDL. Both are OSI approved licenses and both allow distribution and redistribution of code, but the Ubuntu, and ultimately the Debian community, prefers the GPL license. So now that GlassFish and all of Java (ME, SE and EE) are available under GPL look for several benefits: It will be easier to download and use GlassFish with Linux as they are under the exact same license and look for us to get much wider distribution of Java . Look for the distribution to be available in the 1st quarter of 2007.

I'll comment on the differences between GPL and CDDL and Ubuntu's objections to the CDDL license in an upcoming blog.

GlassFish under GPL! Is CDDL Dead?


The first question I've been asked since Jonathan and Rich announced today that the GlassFish Application Server (Java EE 5) is available under GPL is is CDDL dead? Quite frankly, no! As we decided to make Java available as open source, that having all 3 versions, ME, SE and EE under the same license would simplify the ability of developers to work with the code. So now you can download and use GlassFish accepting it under the terms of either the CDDL or GPL (with Classpath exceptions). The practical matter is that only when you decide to change or redistribute the code do you have to declare a license and use that in all future versions. So at that time, you pick a license and stick with it! You can look forward to the new license terms to be fully integrated into the code in the 1st quarter of 2007 when the next version is released.

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