Break the walls down

JBoss open up commercial AS binaries to all

Chris Mayer
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Paid EAP branch to be available for free, as JBoss attempts to satiate disgruntled community members.

Red Hat division JBoss have made the binaries for
their

Enterprise Application Platform
available to
developers within the community.

The decision,
detailed by JBoss Director Mark Little
,
means that once JBoss begin to commercialise
each
major
community edition of JBoss Application Server,
they will
now release all relevant EAP
builds to developers
for
free
.

The latest
release
is now called JBoss EAP 6.0 Alpha 1,
rather than AS 7.2, with the commercial product builds becoming a
superset. The download processes and license for EAP will also
change to make it easier for developers to test out.

JBoss say that an Alpha release in EAP is equivalent, or
better, than that of a community Final release. Following that,
developers can get their hands on a EAP beta release, under a
“zero-dollar developer subscription”.

It’s a big shift in JBoss/Red Hat policy. Previously, there
were separate builds for the enterprise and community versions of
the application server. With EAP taking precedence over the other
in terms of support, those using AS 7 felt short changed by the
restrictive model, as they were unable to access to the product
builds and provide feedback to the development team
immediately.

“The net result is that everyone gets to experience the
product whether or not they buy a full subscription with support,”
explains Little, adding that it is “a great step in the evolution
of JBoss/Red Hat.”

The JBoss FAQ
page
says that there are no restrictions on how
developers can use the binary released under a LGPL license, but
strongly advise not using it in production without a contract with
JBoss.

Last year, JBoss held a vote to rename JBoss AS, with the
shortlist announced at Devoxx in November. The winner, as chosen by
the public, is due “early in 2013”.

The change in direction from JBoss should be applauded and it
is a good first step in bringing the two communities on a par in
terms of support, and hopefully bring back those in the JBoss
community left out in the cold by the old structure.

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