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The JBoss–Fleury Era Ends: Middleware's Outspoken Bad Boy Bows Out of Red Hat

Paternity Leave Becomes Eternity Leave

It's official. Less than a year into his $350 million Red Hat adventure, JBoss head Marc Fleury (pictured on SYS-CON.TV doing a unique open-source middleware dance), is not coming back from his 3 months of "paternity leave" - during which time he blurted out to a journalist how he "went to Red Hat to get an investment in the JBoss R&D division to grow it quickly" and how "That still really hasn't happened…."

"We invested in sales, support and marketing, but this is really the operational side. The R&D really hasn't benefited from a huge investment for which I was hoping and was the main reason I went to Red Hat," he said at the time.

He also threw in his observation that Red Hat was "too religious" and how "We don't have time for dogmatism" and that "There's a little bit of hurt romanticism within Red Hat, where they say, 'No, no, our partners still love us.' Yes, they do but they're going to try to kill you as well. And that's the name of the game at this level."

Looks like Fleury's paternity leave would better be described now as eternity leave. The following terse announcement is all that exists on the record so far:

"Marc Fleury has decided to leave Red Hat to pursue other personal interests, such as teaching, research in biology, music and his family."

"Marc Fleury has decided to leave Red Hat to pursue other personal interests, such as teaching, research in biology, music and his family."

As more is revealed, I'll report it here.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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Vlad Gligel 02/15/07 10:04:25 AM EST

I admire Marc for his business acumen. However, he's squandered the open source community for his own gain, alientated key contributors, and caused unneeded tension in the industry. Those in Java OSS will think twice about contributing to new projects when there's a possiblity of Marc Fleurys waiting in the wings to screw them.