March 18, 2004

JBoss' Open Source Plans

Fueled by a $10 million injection of investment capital, JBoss plans to keep offering its J2EE application server and other open source software for
free.

At the same time, JBoss and partners such as Iona and Unisys are now charging financial institutions, government agencies, and other enterprises for
professional services, according to JBoss Founder and CEO Marc Fleury.

Fleury sees JBoss's emerging software/services business model as "complementary" to those of other evolving open source players, particularly Novell.
JBoss is also in hiring mode, but only for certain sorts of "professional developers."

Formerly known as JBoss LLC, JBoss was renamed JBoss Inc. after receiving the funds last month. In an interview this week, Fleury said that JBoss is
now focusing on deriving further revenues from services, while at the same time building an "incubation' environment for carefully chosen open source
projects.

"Our strategy is to grow a federation of open source projects, (but with) the ambition of making a living and paying the bills," Fleury said.

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