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JBoss, Inc.

legal form Corporation
founding 2004
resolution April 2006
Seat Atlanta, GA
management Marc Fleury
Branch Information technology
Website www.jboss.org

JBoss Inc. is a Red Hat company that was taken over in 2006, which coordinates the further development of the software around the JBoss Application Server, which has been renamed WildFly since version 8 , and offers related services. The term JBoss is still used to describe both the company and their most famous product, Wildfly.

JBoss is one of the pioneers of the "professional open source" business model and generates its sales mainly through the sale of services related to the open source product.


The term EJBoss was first used in 1999 by Marc Fleury as the name for the first version of the open source application server he programmed . Following advice from Sun regarding the protected term “ EJB ”, the project simply dropped the leading “E” and renamed itself JBoss .

In 2001 Marc Fleury founded the JBoss Group (LLC) , which eventually became JBoss Inc. In mid-2006, JBoss Inc. was taken over by the Linux distributor Red Hat for a sum of 420 million dollars.


The various JBoss applications provide a complete open source J2EE - middleware -Framework represents the platform is comprised of the following sub-projects, which can be used largely independently of the Application Server.

The JBoss components themselves are based on other open source components, some of which are developed under the direction of JBoss employees. Developers of the following open source projects are involved in the JBoss project:

  • JBoss AOP
  • JBoss Enterprise Service Bus ( ESB )
  • JBoss messaging
  • JBoss Seam
  • EJB 3.0
  • Javassist
  • JGroups

With very few exceptions (including the source code ), JBoss software can be downloaded free of charge and is licensed under the LGPL . The products are financed by the commercial services of JBoss:

  • Consulting
  • Training and certification and the
  • Optional JBoss Subscription, a fee-based offer for services and technical support (with the backend support provided by the developers themselves).

Many JBoss developers are funded by the income from these services. So it is not an open source project in the sense of a large community that develops together and free of charge in their free time. Even if JBoss still has numerous community developers, development is largely driven and coordinated by the full-time developers employed by Red Hat. This approach is called "Professional Open Source" by the developers.

As is customary with numerous open source projects, there is publicly accessible documentation, newsgroups , FAQs and discussion forums for the various JBoss sub-projects . In addition, the JBoss Subscription has closed forums where additional sources of information are available.

The success of the JEMS Middleware also in business-critical areas has prompted JBoss to establish the JBoss partnership program . Different companies (e.g. software houses, consulting companies, system integrators) from different industrial sectors take part in this program. The aim of the approach is to better penetrate the vertical markets and to increase the penetration rate of JBoss products. Participation in the program requires several trained employees who certify themselves on a recurring basis.

Web links

  • jboss.de - Official German website (with current redirects to the Red Hat product page)
  • jboss.org - JBoss Community (English)

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Rainald Menge-Sonnentag: Application server Wildfly: Slim thanks to Galleon. In: heise Developer. Heise Medien GmbH & Co. KG, February 28, 2019, accessed on March 11, 2019 .
  2. Red Hat Reveals Plans for its Next Generation Java Application Server Project. In: www.redhat.com. Red Hat, Inc., April 22, 2013, accessed May 28, 2017 .
  3. Professional Open Source, JBoss VP Speaks , CMSWire. March 2, 2004. Retrieved October 2, 2009. "In his post he introduces the term" Professional Open Source "and addresses some of the common questions coming from the JBoss community." 
  4. Red Hat Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire JBoss , Red Hat. April 10, 2006. Retrieved October 2, 2009. "Red Hat will acquire JBoss for approximately $ 350 million in initial consideration, plus approximately $ 70 million subject to the achievement of certain future performance metrics."