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Apache Geronimo Promoted To 'Official Project' Status

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced that its Apache Geronimo Java effort has been upgraded to an official project, with the goal of producing an open-source-certified implementation of the Java 2 Platform in the fall.

"Apache Geronimo satisfied our requirements to become a project," said Geir Magnusson Jr., project chair, in an interview Wednesday. "It is out of the incubator stage and is now top level and on a peer with other projects." The objective is to produce a Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE) specification licensed by Apache and offered to the public free of charge.

The AFS currently has more than 20 efforts of project quality. The best known of these is its HTTP Server, which has been the leading Web-server platform for eight years. The formal announcement of project status for Apache Geronimo was made by Greg Stein, ASF board chairman, and Dain Sundstrom, a Geronimo cofounder.

Magnusson said about "20 committers"--programmers committed to working on the project--are currently dedicated to Geronimo. He added that scores of additional volunteers are working on different supportive roles. Committers play a key part in the development of Apache projects because, for instance, they can make modifications to the software specification and can implement patches.

Magnusson pointed out that the ASF has "hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the world" who contribute to the development of its projects. Many of them work on their own, beyond formal ASF committee membership.

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