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JBoss AS renamed WildFly after vote

Elliot Bentley

The people have spoken, and the server formerly known as JBoss finally has a new name.

JBoss AS is now officially called ‘WildFly’, having been voted on by the public. Announced at JUDCon, the name WildFly is said to reflect JBoss AS’s “extremely agile, lightweight, untamed and truly free” nature.

It’s the conclusion of a six-month voting process that began when Red Hat management decided to clear up confusion around the term ‘JBoss’. Currently used to describe JBoss AS, a community portal and a line of Red Hat products, previous efforts to push the name ‘AS 7’ were generally unsuccessful.

The vote was announced last October, and according to JBoss technical director Mark Little over 2,000 names were originally submitted for consideration. A lengthy copyright-checking process followed, with a shortlist of five names announced in November.

Though voting closed later that month, it has taken until now for the results to be revealed. Little said he wanted to wait for a “suitable conference” to make the announcement, and settled on the first JUDCon (JBoss User & Developers conference) to take place in São Paulo, Brazil.

In second and third place were the names ‘BaseJump’ and ‘jBeret’, while ‘Petasos’ and ‘Jocron’ brought up the rear. Mailing lists, domains and other elements bearing the name JBoss AS are currently being renamed.

It is the part of a series of major changes to Red Hat’s line of Java servers. WildFly’s enterprise older brother JBoss EAP was recently made free, and in his blog post, Little hinted at “a lot of other announcements over the coming months around WildFly”.

While response to the new name has been mostly positive, one Slashdot submitter compared the rebranding to the way “Red Hat killed Red Hat Linux in 2003 to make way for Fedora”. Others have pointed out that the application now shares its name with a character from Transformers, which may or may not be an issue depending on your affinity for giant robots.

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