Live Software was founded in 1995 by Paul Colton in San Diego. Their flagship product, JRun, was released in July 1997 and added functionality to web servers through a set of Java classes to allow them to run Java "servlets". The standards were adopted by the industry and became part of the J2EE specification. Live Software gave away JRun for free, but gained revenue from the servlets that ran on JRun.
On June 15, 1999, Allaire Corporation announced that it would acquire Live Software for 550,000 shares of Allaire common stock, worth about US$24.7 million at the time.. Macromedia absorbed Allaire through a merger that was completed on March 20, 2001. Adobe Systems then acquired Macromedia on December 3, 2005.
- Live Software, Inc. has been acquired by Allaire Corporation., Live Software. Archived 1999-10-12.
- Corporate Overview, Live Software. Archived 1997-12-11.
- The Java Servlet Runner, Live Software. Archived 1998-01-29.
- Why is JRun Free?, Live Software. Archived 1998-01-29.
- Servlet Pack One, Live Software. Archived 1998-01-09.
- Allaire Announces Acquisition of Live Software, Allaire Corporation. 1999-06-15.
- Allaire livens up Java with Live Software buy, CNET. 2002-01-02.
- Macromedia Completes Merger With Allaire, Macromedia. 2001-03-20. Archived 2001-03-30.
- Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.
- Live Software official site (archived 1997-12-11)
- Live Software at the Macromedia Wiki
- Live Software at Wikipedia (archived 2007-09-08)
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