Paul Freemantle, a work associate back in the days... has now left IBM and has co-founded a new Web Services Infrastructure company called WSO2. -- "Oxygenating the Web Services platform".
No, this is not Web 2.0, its not AJAX, its not Google, its not about Ad Revenues! -- Its all about enterprise plumbing grunt that is supposed to miraculously work in the background.
Perhaps its harsh to use the term "Indigo for Linux" -- but im sure the world needs higher level frameworks than what is provided by WS-*.
In fact many of the founders of WSO2 helped contribute to many of the WS-* standards and Apache stacks. There purpose, they claim, is more ambitious than delivering "Indigo" for Linux, it is to build a Web Services platform "which treats Web services as first class components instead of as a facade to some existing platform like J2EE". Hmm... im a bit behind on whats going with Apache projects -- but is there a workflow/orchestration framework?
Check out more here on Apache Axis 2 the follow up to Apache SOAP.