Richard, let's take your positing a line at a time and try to inject some facts into this posting.
"JBoss AS6 has been released, giving Red Hat a Java EE 6 container."
That's right so far.
"It's downloadable from this link, at 173 MB; I couldn't get the download page at jboss.org to work for me with Firefox 4."
I cannot comment about Firefox as it's not a browser I use too much, but if you think there's a problem that is caused at our end then feel free to raise a JIRA and we'll look into it.
"This is JBoss' flagship product, although why they're announcing it over the Christmas holidays and with very little fanfare is beyond me."
JBossAS remains our flagship project in the community. The actual release was Christmas Eve and the main announcement was held off until after Christmas. We did a spread with InfoQ in January (http://www.infoq.com/news/2011/01/jboss-6-0-GA)
"For example, the Planet JBoss announcement is here and has very little information at all for such a major release, while other sites actually show some excitement."
For a start that JBoss announcement is not *the* announcement. It's from Ales who is one of our core developers and like many of us couldn't pass up an opportunity to blog about the release. But there have been other announcements by the community and the core developers before and after. We're all excited!
"The timing's all wrong. It's like they're trying to bury the announcement or something."
Nope. The release happened just before Christmas and although we wanted to wait until January to really shout about it, we felt it worth letting people know immediately. Imagine what would have happened if we'd delayed the release simply because some folks were on holiday, or we released in December but didn't say anything about it at all. The words "rock" and "hard place" come immediately to mind!
"Bill Burke would never have stood for this when he was at JBoss - he'd have made sure the timing was better and that it got some attention."
Bill is still with JBoss, leading the RESTeasy and REST-* efforts. Not sure where you got your information from, but you should probably double check your sources.
"Anyway, startup time was pretty good: 26 seconds for the default configuration on my Windows 7 server, and it's JBoss, so it's fairly full featured. I didn't take it for too much of a test drive, but unless they're royally screwed up JBoss, it's probably fine."
"I think the lack of fanfare here might mean that JBoss is clueless, or that maybe Java EE doesn't have the luster it used to have. It's passe now?"
No, no and no. That's three strikes (at least) I think ;-)