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Feb 27, 2003, 16:00 (9 Talkback[s])
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"The case for using an open-source application server has never been stronger, according to Marc Fleury, president of JBoss Group LLC, a privately held services company based in Atlanta. Fleury, the company's founder, was one of the developers of the open-source JBoss application server technology. JBoss, a no-cost, J2EE-based server, is currently used in a number of large enterprises. Fleury's group is positioning JBoss as an alternative to commercial application servers offered by such vendors as IBM Corp. and BEA Systems...

"What is the primary barrier that keeps IT shops from using open-source software, including open-source application servers?

"Fleury: When people look at open-source, they feel like they need permission to use open-source. That's because of the fact that there is some porting involved. This is a problem. For example, porting applications from Solaris or Windows to Linux is a significant effort. Porting applications from Oracle to MySQL is a lot of work, and people don't do it. It's a lot of work for little additional gain..."

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