NOT SO, WHOA, Hold Your Horses.
Through the wiz-dumm-headedness of Richard Stallman [aided and abated by Eric Raymond], Java was declared not pure enough for inclusion on Open Source software distributions – so to this day most LAMP distributions do not include any Java code and/or servers[Microsoft is still laughing all the way to ever greater Server market share due to this “oversight”]. So BIRT [nor JasperSoft nor Pentaho] wont run on 5 different LAMP hosting services that half a dozen client use. My own hosting services, 1and1 and ICDSoft, have also given the Nix to Java and any availability of the JVM – except if one wants to buy a dedicated server at roughly 5 to 8 times the price of a shared server. My primarily small business clients look incredulously at me when a)I even suggest a move from their current hosting services and b)scoff at the price increase.
Ditto Doom for Alfresco, Jaspersoft, Swing, Pentaho and dozens of other great Java applications despite all that Sun has done to make Java Open Source. It all goes to prove that who needs enemies like Microsoft when you have friends like Richard Stallman who remained curiously mum when Sun’s Java was attacked by Microsoft ‘s forever obsolete JVM on Windows. Such a Chumpion for free and fair software practices.
So Now What To Do
This is not the first observation of Java and LAMP not mixing well together. See 3 years ago the prophetic note here . And so I very likely I am not the only one looking for Java+LAMP hosting services that charge less than $15US/month for shared server configurations in North America. There are several smaller services in Europe but they appear to be developer shops that offer clients hosting as required. If anybody has some recommendations please post a comment below. Thanks.