By pelegri on Feb 04, 2008
TSS recently had a thread on Oracle Buying BEA based on a post by Rod Johnson where he described Glassfish as "a dark horse" (after Oracle and IBM) in the AppServer race. Download Numbers were mentioned but I didn't have the latest stats for GlassFish handy.
Caveats - these are completed downloads (not just attempted); I'm undercounting a few categories to be conservative; I didn't count all the artifacts as we have not automated this; I only have access to downloads from Sun.COM and Java.Net sites; hopefully I'm looking at the right place for JBoss stats - if not, I'm sure somebody will let me know :-).
Anyhow, like always, this and other indicators are just an approximation to adoption, but all our indicators show a very positive trend.
PS. Wikipedia is always fun; while looking for an image for a Dark Horse I learned that truly Black Horse is very rare, and that Friesian Horses are a good example, and that their ancestors were good War Horses; which, somehow, seems apropos :-)