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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2007-02-12 Print this article Print

Sacha Labourey, CTO of the JBoss unit of Red Hat, said Fleury used to manage JBoss like a record label, thus the P. Diddy reference. P. Diddy, now known simply as "Diddy" but previously known as Sean "Puffy" Combs or Puff Daddy (whew, a mouthful), is the founder of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group, a record label and music publishing conglomerate. "He managed to find the magic chemical equation that made all of these great developers feel at home and respected," Labourey said of Fleury. "But that wasnt for the show, it was genuine respect."
Moreover, in spite of (or maybe because of) his antics, Fleury quickly became one of my favorite software industry folks—right up there with Microsofts Bill Gates and others. And despite his open-source ties, Fleury has often noted his own respect for Gates and the Microsoft way. Indeed, Fleury is proud of the Xbox 360 unit he has at home … the one that bears Bill Gates autograph on it.
Skok, Fleurys VC investor, said part of Fleurys success lies in putting the right people around him. Sundstrom agrees with that, sort of. "In the end, I think JBoss was simply the right people in the right place at the right time ... unlikely to ever be repeated, but Im sure Marc will give it a try." Laboureys view adds a slight twist to that, however. "Finding a good businessman is difficult," he said. "Finding a good engineer is very difficult. Finding both is impossible. I guess we have been lucky." Meanwhile, folks are taking bets on where Fleury will show up next in the tech business. Doug Levin, CEO of Black Duck Software, said, Fleury "is bound to re-emerge on the tech scene because he is a very smart guy with high energy." Click here to read a recent interview with Fleury. I dont know when or if hell be back, but Id bet if he were to come back Fleury could get a team together in no time. But right now hes enjoying life teaching by day and spinning tunes in the Atlanta night life as his alter ego, DJ Red Baron. The thing is, just like Jackie Robinson—he was the first athlete at UCLA to letter in four sports (baseball, football, basketball and track) in the same year—Marc can do a lot of stuff. In "The Jackie Robinson Story," a movie of Robinsons life in the major leagues, theres a scene where Robinson steals home in a crucial game. That scene was later recounted in an episode of the TV comedy "Sanford and Son." In it Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford is watching the Jackie Robinson movie for the umpteenth time, and at the point where Robinson makes his move to steal home, Foxx yells: "Slide, Jackie, slide!" So I just wanted to give Fleury a shout out and say, "Slide, Marc, slide." So you can steal home, leave your mark, and hurry up and get back up to bat. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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