What’s in a name?

JBoss AS to be renamed by community

The thirteen-year-old JBoss AS (JBoss Application Server) is set to get a new name as JBoss move to distinguish it from JBoss’ other offerings.

From today, members of the community can submit their ideas for JBoss AS’s new name, which will then be voted on from October 21 until November 1. The winning name will be announced at Devoxx conference, which begins November 12.

“We believe that the time has come to change the name of our project to better reflect the changes we've seen in its reason for existence so far, but also for what's to come in the future,” wrote Mark Little on his blog, who leads JBoss’s technical direction.

It comes as part of a larger shake-up of JBoss, which Steve Yi, Director, Strategy & Product Management at Red Hat, says will involve "increas[ing] access and availability to JBoss [Enterprise Application Platform] for developers," although what this will actually entail is still shrouded in mystery.

According to an accompanying FAQ, the company says it hopes to clarify “a significant amount of confusion” over the JBoss brand, and “to make it clear that JBoss, when used on its own, refers to JBoss Enterprise Middleware.”

However, the JBoss brand is not becoming entirely commercial, since the community will still be referred to as the ‘JBoss Community’.

Although recent rebranding efforts have attempted to make ‘AS7’ shorthand for the project rather than JBoss, the latter still remains prominent. It’s unknown if the community will be given the option of voting for its current name.

What do you think JBoss AS should be renamed? Or should it be renamed at all? Let us know in the comments.

Elliot Bentley

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