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Subject [CONF] Apache Felix > How does Karaf compare with Spring Application Platform?
Date Tue, 07 Sep 2010 22:57:00 GMT
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     <h2><s>How does Karaf compare with Spring Application Platform?</s></h2>
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         <h1><a name="HowdoesKarafcomparewithSpringApplicationPlatform%3F-HowdoesKarafcomparetoSpringApplicationPlatform%3F"></a>How
does Karaf compare to Spring Application Platform?</h1>

<p>SpringSource has announced in early may 2008 a new product under GPL named SpringSource
Application Platform.<br/>
Though the idea is quite similar to Karaf, we think the focus is somewhat different and the
features offered by Karaf go way beyond what SpringSource Application Platform (SAP) provides.<br/>
SAP mostly focuses on web applications using hibernate.  To strongly support this use case,
they have extended the OSGi runtime they use in a number of different ways: adding load time
weaving into the core OSGi runtime, adding some non OSGi compliant manifest headers to bypass
the standard OSGi classloading mechanism.  While these features are great, ServiceMix aims
to be compliant with any OSGi runtime and won't go that way.<br/>
In addition, Karaf provides a great number of additional features (file deployer, provisioning,
console, log system) that make Karaf a much easier to use platform to deploy your applications.<br/>
Last, but not least, Karaf is licensed under the Apache Software License, which is the most
business friendly open source license, whereas the GPL license that SAP uses can be sometimes
seen as viral.</p>

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