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Fleury Bans "Astroturfing" at JBoss from this Day Forth

Fleury Bans "Astroturfing" at JBoss from this Day Forth

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    Here is Marc Fleury's letter to the software development community, in full:

    "Response to JBoss Fake Posting Allegations

    Fri May 21 11:20:05 EDT 2004

    You may have heard about recent charges in online forums that some JBoss employees, including me, were personally involved in anonymous postings on developer sites. The practice, known as "astroturfing", is wildly popular on sites like Slashdot that actually let you post as "anonymous coward". JBoss has the reputation as an in your face, straight up, tell it like it is company. I personally don't need a mask to speak my mind and one thing I can't stand is two faced hypocrisy. This has made us many friends and a few critics.

    As you may know, the open source community would not be what it is today -- a real challenge to traditional software models -- without the strong opinions and outspoken voices of the developers. I myself am among these voices. But we do not always see eye to eye on the evolution of the open source movement. Some prefer subsidized open source, whereby they work corporate jobs and contribute/moonlight on the side. Many others, including us at JBoss, prefer the "Professional Open Source" model, whereby it is our job to work on open source and free software all day long, all the time. We all passionately believe in the standalone potential of professional open source. JBoss' growing traction in the enterprise market, our expansion of products and services beyond the original JBoss Application Server and our recent funding from VCs have intensified scrutiny on our community and company, for good and bad.

    JBoss is transitioning as a company to deliver on our commitment to make open source a safe and viable alternative for companies such as yours. We have hired the most talented developers - many of whom are innovators and lead developers of popular open source projects. We provide them with the means to continue developing and support these products while creating value for our community and wealth for themselves. As a company we are growing rapidly to meet the expert professional services needs of our customers and partners. We want to be role models for open source developers around the world. To do so, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard. Our visibility and success puts our customers and partners in a situation where you expect and demand that employees of JBoss Inc. hold themselves to that higher standard. Let's put the professional back in professional open source. "Astroturfing" is hereby banned at JBoss, starting with me.

    Sincerely,

    Marc Fleury
    Founder, Chairman and CEO
    JBoss, Inc."

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