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 community." 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 non-commercial. Please direct any press inquiries to email@example.com. Java and J2EE are trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc.
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