Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Sun Portal Going Open Source

Recently I came across the news that Sun Portal is going Open Source. Previously they made it free and this time open source. I am not sure but believe that the motive is to get the community contribution and to compete against companies like IBM and BEA. This also shows the general shift in the strategy of big companies that are focusing more on selling the services rather than the licenses.

I am also interested to see how the present open source market changes after it. Presently the open source portal vendors like Liferay, eXo and JBoss are having good market share, at least in terms of the number of installations. It would be good to see the impact of this move on open source portal market.

Anyways, check the blog post by Navneet on the same subject.


  1. I agree with your views. Even the big vendors like BEA are confused in their reaction to the open source initiatives. I recently attended a BEA seminar on their "Blended" strategy, asking developers to use Struts, Tiles, Spring, Hibernate over WLS and BEA backing it off with their support.

  2. Anonymous12:07 PM

    We currently use Sun Portal in our Enterprise and after paying for it for many years, moving it to open source is like slapping us in the face. So do we suddenly now get our money back? What really are they releasing to OS as far as Portal is concerned?

  3. Anonymous5:52 PM

    Do'nt worry, OS doesn't translate to free in any way. What you may get in OS is basic portal, which has modular architecture and may be integrated with other OS components to create useful and interesting applications. Now you can do all that yourself or let Sun do it for you - which of course you will need to pay for. More importantly, there are all sorts of pitfalls with licensing , patents etc. which come with OS. What you will buy from Sun (Java brand) will be clean, supported, upgradable and enterprise grade. So which one would you choose for your enterprise needs? It is just matter of deciding whether you want to bear all the costs yourself or have someone do it for you.