Beehive or hornet's nest? - BEA donates code to Apache
Here's my two cents worth: Kudos to BEA!
One of my first blog's here at Java.net was inspired by issues that I had with the portability of applications created with Weblogic Workshop. Far from being "blown off", I was contacted by Cliff Schmidt at BEA, and we had a great conversation on the balancing of BEA's Profitability and their customer's needs for Portability.
BEA is not open sourcing their "family jewels", and I would never expect them to. What they are open sourcing are some of the components that are necessary to port a "Weblogic Workshop" application to a third-party J2EE server such as Geronimo or JOnAS.
Is Profit a motive for BEA's donations? You bet it is.
Is BEA Profit a bad thing for the Java Community? I'll let you answer that one for yourselves.