Linux distributor RedHat said earlier this year that it would bundle ObjectWeb's Jonas application server as an enhancement to its Red Hat Advanced Server product, providing Jonas with a distribution boost. However, Jonas still lacks worldwide support services for enterprises, as well as support from major hardware vendors, said Shawn Willett, a senior analyst with Current Analysis Inc. in Sterling, Virginia.
Support from IBM is what helped "tip the scales" for Linux, Willett said. It is not in the interests of Sun or IBM, who each sell their own application server, to distribute an open source application server with their products, he noted.
Jonas and Geronimo will remain two distinct products, although the development teams see themselves more as partners than as competitors, ObjectWeb Vice President Jean-Pierre Laisné said in a statement. Customers can choose between the implementations which have "different trade-offs for development, deployment and production purposes," he said.