The corporate world may have reservations about freeware, but Apache already claims around 50 per cent of the Web server market, and IBM is to bundling Apache freeware with its Websphere application server.
The basis of Websphere is Servlet Express, a software plug-in that turns existing Web servers like the Lotus Domino Go Webserver, Apache Server, Microsoft IIS, and Netscape Enterprise Server into Java Web servers.
According to an IBM answer posted on the Servlet Express discussion forum today, the company is "very busy working on NT/AIX/Solaris/Apache-1.3 version of Servlet Express [which] currently runs inhouse. And [IBM] will provide it as soon as it passes enough testing."
"Knowing what I know about this next Apache plug-in," writes the IBM developer, "I would wait for it if I were you [as opposed to going with Live Software's Jrun]."
A beta of Servlet Express can be downloaded from IBM's Web site and a new release in the autumn will provide Enterprise Java Beans support, according to John Thompson, senior vice president and group executive of IBM Software.
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