JBoss Warns Spinoff Against Forking Code

JBoss president prepared to sue if the group of developers who left the JBoss Group to form a new company attempts to diverge from the JBoss code base.

The leader of the open-source JBoss Java application server environment said that if the group of developers that left his organization attempts to split—or "fork" as its called in the industry—the JBoss code base, he would sue them.

Marc Fleury, president of JBoss Group LLC, Atlanta, said he is prepared to take legal action if the group of developers who left the JBoss Group to form a new company, known as Core Developers Network LLC, attempts to diverge from the JBoss code base.

"I did think about them forking," Fleury said. "If they fork JBoss, thats another problem. If theres a new JBoss, if they fork it and call it JBoss I would sue them. There is only one version that we control."

Fleury spoke on the eve of his companys developer conference, JBoss Two, which is being held Wednesday in San Francisco during the same time as Sun Microsystems Inc.s annual JavaOne conference, and in the same block as the Moscone Center where JavaOne is held.

A spokesman for Core Developers said he does not believe JBoss LLC has any legal claim on Core Developers Networks. "I dont think they do, but its hard to answer that 100 percent."

The spokesman said he was not sure whether Core Developers would seek J2EE certification. Though, "it would be a logical assumption," he said

Moreover, Fleury said he had not seriously considered any legal pursuit because "its normal if guys are not progressing in a company and if they are not satisfied to leave. I think its business as usual. New York advertising agencies were created because people kept on leaving and creating their own businesses. Its a sign that JBoss is very successful."

Yet, "when people get greedy and impatient they leave," Fleury said.