Excellent article posted on eWeek…
Some key quotes:
think of a relatively lightweight middleware stack on the client which consists of a runtime environment – a mini-app server if you will – that’s based on some services we get from our WebSphere Everyplace colleagues.
It was originally called ASWE, or Extended Services for WebSphere Everyplace, and it consists of a J2EE container and a J9 runtime, and some things for running Java and J2EE applications.
It includes a Cloudscape data store, a relational lightweight embedded relational store that we acquired when we bought Informix [Software] but have developed forward.
(the document editors) were derived from the OpenOffice project, but we forked away from that over a year ago. We componentized them and tried to slim them down a bit, and we also added a whole bunch of fixes and features and cleaned them up.
We will not advertise these as OpenOffice editors; we will be clear that they are OpenOffice-derived and they will support OpenOffice formats, and we encourage people to use OASIS and OpenOffice doc formats in addition to Office ones.
It’s very important to communicate that this is not a StarOffice play. We’re not positioning this as an Office competitor orb as a take-on-Microsoft play.