I am pleased to announce JBoss EJB 3.0 Beta 1. You can find out more information from our main EJB 3.0 page. This release models as closely as possible to the upcoming Public Draft of the EJB 3.0 specification. The spec was a fast moving target the past few weeks, so we still need to cross the T's and dot the i's as far as spec compliance goes. We plan on doing another release sometime in July to complete some of the minor stuff we are missing. Special thanks goes especially to Emmanuel Bernard, Bill DeCoste, and of course Gavin "guys! guys!" King.
As part of the new Public Draft, standalone persistence is now defined. The Hibernate team has released a standalone distribution.
In the next couple of days a release of JBoss AS 4.0.3 should be out. One of the distros is a full graphical installer that allows you to pick and choose which JBoss components. EJB 3.0 comes distributed with this bundler or you can download it separately if you want to install it on JBoss 4.0.2.