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ZDnet: Red Hat to serve Java

Jul 30, 2004, 13:30 (3 Talkback[s])

Earlier this year, Red Hat said it planned to start selling subscription services supporting Jonas, an open-source Java application server built by the France-based consortium ObjectWeb. Much as it charges for services around its version of the free Linux operating system, Red Hat is planning on selling support services for Jonas at $999 a year, according to one person familiar with the company's plans.

The move will put Red Hat, which has built its business around Linux, in direct competition with JBoss, a company that sells services around its namesake open-source Java application server. Red Hat's entry into Java infrastructure software could also encroach on the turf of Java vendors IBM, BEA Systems, Oracle and Sun Microsystems.

A Red Hat spokesperson on Wednesday did not comment on the company's Java application server plans, but noted that Red Hat is planning a press conference Monday evening a part of the LinuxWorld event in San Francisco.

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