Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Geronimo as an Official Project

    FOREST HILL, Md., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Apache Software Foundation
 (ASF) announced today that Apache Geronimo has been approved as an official
 project of the ASF.  The objective of the Apache Geronimo project is to
 produce an open source, certified implementation of the Java 2 Platform,
 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) specification licensed under the Apache License and
 offered to the public at no charge.
     Since its inception in August 2003, the Geronimo project has been working
 under the oversight of the Apache Incubator, a process used by the ASF to
 ensure new projects build a healthy community.  The process also provides
 oversight and inspection of the codebase to ensure that it conforms to the
 Foundation's high standards for licensing and code integrity.
     "In approving the change to official project status, the board recognizes
 that the Geronimo project practices the Foundation's approach to high quality,
 community-oriented, open source software development," said Greg Stein,
 Chairman of the Board, Apache Software Foundation.  "The board believes that
 the Geronimo project is an excellent addition to the software that we provide
 to our users and a great step forward for the open-source J2EE community."
     As an official project, Geronimo will continue towards its goal of
 certification as a J2EE server, with certification anticipated for the third
 quarter of 2004.  Geronimo's success has only been possible through extensive
 collaboration with other open source enterprise middleware communities.
 Geronimo currently brings together Apache Tomcat and Apache Axis from the ASF,
 OpenEJB and ActiveMQ from Codehaus, JOTM and ASM from ObjectWeb, CGLIB and
 MX4J from SourceForge and Jetty from Mortbay.
     "By combining the architectural experience of the Geronimo team with the
 expertise of our partner communities, we have been able to build a great J2EE
 server in a short amount of time," said Dain Sundstrom, a Geronimo cofounder
 and community member.  "By working closely with other open-source projects
 outside of the ASF, we are able to grow the Geronimo community by tens of
 participants at a time, and that really is building a strong, diverse
     In parallel with development efforts, the project will continue to build a
 strong and diverse community of users and developers and look for
 opportunities to collaborate with other open-source communities working
 towards similar goals.
     "Enterprise middleware is an important segment of the open source software
 community, and we are happy that the ASF is able to participate so
 significantly through the Apache Geronimo project," said Geir Magnusson Jr,
 project chair.  "Moving to official project status validates the momentum that
 the project has already attained, and this will only increase as we progress
 towards our first certified release."
     More information about the Apache Geronimo project can be found on the
 project website, http://geronimo.apache.org/
     About the Apache Software Foundation
     The Apache Software Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation,
 provides support for the Apache community of open-source software projects.
 The Apache projects are characterized by a collaborative, consensus based
 development process, an open and pragmatic software license, and a desire to
 create high quality software that leads the way in its field.
     The Apache License allows for use, modification, and redistribution of the
 software by individuals or corporate entities for any purpose, commercial or
     Please direct any press inquiries to press@apache.org.
     Java and J2EE are trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc.

SOURCE Apache Software Foundation

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