JBOSS CEO Fleury (aka: open source bad boy) rips BusinessWeek a new one

JBOSS CEO Fleury (aka: open source bad boy) rips BusinessWeek a new one

Summary: Referring to a recent BusinessWeek story (see An Open-Source Lightning Rod: Marc Fleury has taken JBoss to the top, but he has alienated many along the way), JBoss CEO Marc Fleury has issued a return volley with way too many priceless prose to list. But here are some of the highlights: One of the advantages of achieving a little notoriety is that you get to spend time telling young journalists about what a “bad boy” you are.

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Referring to a recent BusinessWeek story (see An Open-Source Lightning Rod: Marc Fleury has taken JBoss to the top, but he has alienated many along the way), JBoss CEO Marc Fleury has issued a return volley with way too many priceless prose to list. But here are some of the highlights:

  • One of the advantages of achieving a little notoriety is that you get to spend time telling young journalists about what a “bad boy” you are. The aftermath: you get to read the ensuing portrait of a money grubber who’s “clawed his way” to the top of the open source pile (of what, kaka?)....
  • ...The online extra contains such gems as “most hated in open source after Bill Gates,” followed by a fleeting compliment “pioneer in spawning (nice image, even better than a viral. I can just imagine those cute little larval aliens now) viable businesses from free software,” and then, back to the real me “also alleged to be abrasive, paranoid, controlling, and a credit hog"....
  • The journalist has a story and whatever you say, they will make it fit....I have always wondered about the "confirmed by multiple sources" line too. In this day and age of the Internet, the “master source” of these multiple confirming voices could be one loud dumbass.
  • Next time, David [referring to JBoss VC-investor David Skok], be wary of soft-spoken Southern belles asking questions [referring to the BusinessWeek reporter]. They have an agenda. Believe me. I know, I married one.
Marc Fleury? Alienating?

Topic: Open Source

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