I was *going* to reply, but then thought better of it.
Putting aside for a moment, the whole bought software/ open source argument, one has to question what might be gained by switching from an (as advertised) incredibly robust and scalable product to one that is a reference implementation.
Ignoring for a moment that bought software is sometimes of far less quality than 'free' software, the question is like asking "I'm used to driving a Range Rover in a cross-mountain eco-challenge, do you think i can use a Dodge Dart and still make it across the finish line?"
Then I realized I was just chewing the scenery, trying to come up with analogies, and I decided not to post.
I have found that Tomcat is much easier to handle than WebSphere. Tomcat also needs very little power to run. The following two servlet examples are hosted on Tomcat and WebSphere. Can one tell the difference? http://www.mrc-productivity.com/products/demo2.html The Tomcat is on a old PC that has a P200 processor and 128 Mb RAM (may worth $100 for now). The WebSphere is on a $30,000 IBM iSeries box.
BJ - SCJP and SCWCD
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Great show, Bruce! We are using tomcat for production too. Our clients include some world major airlines. Visit JavaChina on the web [This message has been edited by Roseanne Zhang (edited December 31, 2001).]