JBoss uses voluntarism to take aim at BEA, IBM: I’m probably not an expert, but I never thought there was much money to be made in application server software. I think that’s going to go down in flames as a commodity product, just like a regular everyday Web server.
“A small, upstart company that gives away its software for free is threatening to play spoiler to big rivals IBM and BEA Systems in the hotly contested market for business software that pipes data between applications. […]
JBoss, which relies on a voluntary network of developers to build “application server” software, has won major corporate customers … JBoss, which sells services to users of its free software, has revenues of between $1 million and $10 million per year.