Entrepreneur-itis bites again as Marc Fleury leaves Red Hat

Entrepreneur-itis bites again as Marc Fleury leaves Red Hat

Summary: "I have done what I can to help Red Hat succeed. People need to understand that Open Source is a tsunami that is transforming the software industry in its wake and its inevitability is now well beyond challenge or the force of individual personality." He will now apparently pursue other personal interests, such as teaching, research in biology, music and his family. That is until his non-compete is up and the entrepreneur bug stirs anew, I suspect.

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There's always a risk when a company formed by a strong personality -- especially when the company is identified closely with that individual -- is acquired. Yet I had high hopes when JBoss was acquired by Red Hat last year.

At the JBoss user conference in Las Vegas last summer I got the strong impression that the JBoss open source and community strengths would translate well into the Red Hat culture. JBoss founder Marc Fleury made a fortune, sure, but he seemed still driven by the vision of software development as community process with commercialization under the new model of support and maintenance.

He voiced high hopes of extending that vision to SOA and across the middleware spectrum. Alas, we learn this morning that Marc has left Red Boss. Here's his statement:

"I have done what I can to help Red Hat succeed. People need to understand that Open Source is a tsunami that is transforming the software industry in its wake and its inevitability is now well beyond challenge or the force of individual personality." He will now apparently "pursue other personal interests, such as teaching, research in biology, music and his family."

That is until his non-compete is up and the entrepreneur bug stirs anew, I suspect.

Sounds like the entrepreneur in Marc was not going to operate smoothly at Red Hat. While Marc's presense -- and ability to stir drama, passion, and allegiance -- will reduce Red Hat's pizzazz quotient, the Red Hat model endures.

Let's hope that Marc's exit does not prompt some kind of diaspora of other strong open source leaders. Let's hope that Red Hat manages the converged open source stack well. Let's hope that meaningful schisms don't emerge -- unless it's for the best interests of the users and developers.

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  • Question

    How does "software development as community process" square with Mr. Fleury's loud complaint that JBoss was not receiving enough money from Red Hat to pay for the product development required?

    Could it be that the open source "tsunami" is as constructive as its namesake?
    Anton Philidor
    • How dare you ask

      such a question! Man, you just don't get it. Everyone wants to work for nothing!!!
      No_Ax_to_Grind
  • M$ is at it again!

    M$ had infiltrated agents at Red Hat to instigate arguments among people in OSS.
    Now their criminal plans are paying off, but not for long, because the OSS Tsunami will wipe M$ out of the software industry.
    Linux Geek
  • Another win for the good guys...

    Mr. Fleury was a mean-spirited person. He has now realized that his lame application server is no match for the upcoming IIS 8.0. I am running IIS 8.0 Longhorn Server here and it is amazing. The application experience is so real, that I call it "the emotion engine" for today's Web 3.0 applications. Web 2.0 is so yesterday and does not speak to the raw and unbridled power of Longhorn. I wish Mr. Fleury well playing the tuba and watching Microsoft wipe out the competition.
    Mike Cox
  • Not really a surprise.....

    If Marc wanted to keep working on JBoss, he would not have agreed to sell his company to RedHat. He probably was already considering doing those things listed in the article, so he shopped JBoss around, and RedHat picked it up. So it is not a surprise that he is electing to leave.
    linux for me
  • Oh my gawd, this obviouysly means

    Red Hat is going under, no one wants to work there, life is miserable, on and on and on...

    Buwahahahaha
    No_Ax_to_Grind