"There is a funny thing about commercial open source software
companies as much as they like talking about their community-driven
open source heritage they end up doing a lot of things their
proprietary counterparts do. Spout off about being
enterprise-ready, boast, offer TCO studies, and all manner of other
things that make them look like a typical proprietary software
company. A lot of them neglect the transparent open source traits
that makes them truly disruptive and interesting (see
post on SourceFire).
"Open source software is a disruptive technology it's about
changing the status quo. Open source is rock and roll while
proprietary software is easy listening. That's why I always admired
JBoss' Marc Fleury. Marc was and is a bad boy, a rebel, and he
played the part to a successful $350 million dollar acquisition of
JBoss by Red Hat. Beyond that he was a professional who built a
company that was professional and respected grew his customer base
and created an iconic software brand. All things that are
consistent with open source software, he also seemed to have a good
time doing it..."
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