For the cattle drive we've been using orion for a long time. It's super easy to install and excellent for newbies. More than one person has suggested that Orion is dead and we should push something else. So I did a google search and came up with people talking about Orion/Oracle 9ias as a great solution. JBoss seems to have zealots and controversy, but there is no doubt that it has significan market share. But most of that could be the price. I've never used JBoss. Anybody used both JBoss and Orion? How about Resin and Orion? Or Resin and JBoss?
Installing JBoss alone is a major headache. Orion is so much simpler and can do everything JBoss can and more. I don't know if you need more than servlets for the cattle drive. If not, Tomcat alone is enough... I'd say stick with Orion, it's a good product that deserves some exposure.
I always intended to add some EJB stuff to the cattle drive. I even have some stuff as a start - a few different "hello world" beans to make sure that your server is working okay. So I would like folks to use something that can do EJB. I've never used JBoss, but it seems to have a big following. I have a hard time thinking that anything could be simpler than Orion. But I'm a little worried that Orion might be on the way out (those Swedish fellas probably got a boatload of money from Oracle ...)
I don't know nothing about Orion. For me JBoss is not too difficult to setup. It is already used in the industry extensively for medium scale projects like local libraries and small city websites etc. You will be surprised that UPS uses JBoss for some of its projects. Orion hmmmm... there is not much hype or talk about it lately. My feeling is in addition to great product and ease of use, it needs more exposure that will make it click. My 2cents. Kishore.