According to an InfoWorld report, the ObjectWeb consortium's most well known open source project -- JOnAS (aka Java Open Application Server) -- is making headway in Europe, particularly in France where ObjectWeb major backers Groupe Bulle, France Telecom, and France's National Institute for Research in Computer Science
and Control (INRIA) hail from. The report quotes Shawn Willett, a senior analyst at Current Analysis Inc., as saying that JOnAS "might attract more users if it were certified compliant with Sun Microsystems Inc.'s J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) 1.4 specification." The report then goes on to say that Red Hat, which announced last year that it would sell subscription support for JOnAS, " has been working closely
with ObjectWeb to get JOnAS certified as quickly as possible."
To the extent that JOnAS' lack of J2EE certification is what's keeping it from getting serious considered in other J2EE installations, getting Sun's seal of approval would obviously be a boon to Red Hat's aspirations to tap into the J2EE market. But the last time I checked, Red Hat, as a dyed-in-the-wool open source company, was not predisposed towards paying for such things as Java certification (which ObjectWeb's biggest competitor JBoss does) and when it comes to Red Hat, the words charitable contribution has never entered any Sun exec's mind. If JOnAS ends up getting certified due to the efforts of Red Hat, then whatever happened behind the scenes to make that happen would represent a significant step toward reconcilation between rivals Red Hat and Sun.
The soap opera continues.