JBoss Team Would Stay

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-03-30 Print this article Print

Intact"> Indeed, Fleury said, "I resent the way IBM and BEA tried to characterize this, which proves to what point they were panicked about this rumor. Saying theyre trying to sell themselves…" In short, Fleury said, "The allegation that JBoss had a For Sale sign on it is just false. Weve been approached, and were always evaluating these options. Did we ever go out and tell somebody we wanted to sell? Never! I personally did not try to sell the company. And if anybody did they were not speaking for me."
In addition, Fleury bristled at suggestions that he was just in it for the money. He said even should JBoss merge with a larger company he wants to keep his team and their projects intact.
"One of the criteria of a potential merger is divisional control" for Fleury, because "Im not going anywhere," he said, meaning that he intends to maintain control of the JBoss core technology and team. "Had this been 1999 wed have been public three years ago," Fleury said. "We are the product of the nuclear winter of IT," and it is harder for a startup to go public now, he said. However, JBoss will start "showing our numbers soon," because the company is organizing as if to go public, he said. Asked if there is a "magic number" at which JBoss would sell, Fleury said there is no particular number, particularly if the situation is not right. He will not sell for the sake of selling. However, in terms of a valuation for the company, he said. "Look at Red Hats numbers and apply that [formula] to our numbers and youll have a valuation," Fleury said, adding, "And very soon were going to be too expensive for anybody." Fleury would not comment on any talks with Oracle or whether or how they may be ongoing or have broken down. However, he quipped: "You can send an e-mail to marcfleury@oracle.com and see what would happen. It will bounce." 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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