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internetnews.com: JBoss in Mess Over 'Fake' Messages

Jun 01, 2004, 19:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Wagner)

"The Middleware Company (TMC) and JBoss, Inc., have severed their business ties with each other over ongoing charges of JBoss employees posting fake messages on the TheServerSide.com online forum.

"TMC, which owns the Web site, made the announcement Friday but there are questions about who cut the ties with whom first.

"TheServerSide.com caters to the 326,126 registered members interested in vendor-neutral discussion, articles and reviews of Java-based technology. JBoss is one of the more popular Java-based open source projects on the market today, offering the JBoss Application Server as a free download. JBoss, Inc., is the services and support company formed around the software and headed by outspoken CEO Marc Fleury.

"The issue doesn't seem so much that JBoss employees were signing up under fake IDs and posting disparaging remarks about competitors and promoting the JBoss model, called 'astroturfing,' but about the actions of its CEO..."

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