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
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.