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
"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..."