ObjectWeb, one of three major open-source application server packages, plans to initiate several improvements later this month at the ObjectWebCon show in Paris.
"ObjectWeb is to shift gears radically in 2006," said executive committee member Francois Letellier. "The current organization is to be adapted so as to better serve our members, gain increased economic impact and bring open-source middleware to the mainstream on a global scale," he said in an e-mail to News.com.
An application server is a collection of software for running Java programs on servers. ObjectWeb, endorsed by top Linux seller Red Hat, has two main open-source rivals, Apache Geronimo and JBoss. Sun Microsystems in 2004 added its own entrant into the mix, Glassfish, and there are proprietary alternatives for sale from IBM, BEA Systems and others.