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The Cache Strikes BackRaven Zachary, April 10, 2006 @ 11:08 pm ET
The cache strikes back (or is it the “cash”)? Marc Fleury posted a blog entry entitled “Sun vs Red Hat, who is more Open Source”, on September 28, 2004, in which he stated his opinions on a ‘blog war’ between Red Hat’s Michael Tiemann and Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz. The Register has a story about this today, entitled: ‘Red Hat wraps Linux in sh*t,’ says new exec. It’s not the most flattering title for an article, but the quote was pulled from Marc’s own blog entry.
The important point here isn’t what Marc thought of Red Hat 18 months ago, as much as people will latch on to the content itself. I’ve known Marc for years and interacted with him as a customer, advisor, consultant, and now as an analyst. My first exchange with Marc was as a prospectvie customer in regards to a comment he made in the press that I thought was counter-productive. It’s his style, and it adds character to what is often a fairly muted debate.
The important point is that Marc’s blog entry has vanished from JBoss’ corporate blog. We know that his post existed because of the staying power of the Internet – Google’s page caching mechanism. So was the post removed by JBoss during the courting process with Red Hat or was it asked to remove the entry before the acquisition announcement? This is the question on my mind. Diplomacy or censorship? I’d wager that it was diplomacy.
If it was diplomacy, why bother?! If anyone at Red Hat would have entered ‘marc fleury red hat’ into Google, Marc’s blog posting would come up as the second result. Clicking the main link results in a dead end, but try clicking the ‘Cached’ link – the posting is there in its entirety. Politicians and executives are known to go from competitors to allies, as the prevailing winds shift. What’s wrong with a young CEO of an upstart open source vendor taking on his multi-billion dollar competitors on a blog designed to attract more readers? Yes, his statements are controversial, but if you filter out the jockeying, you may just find some interesting arguments.
Let’s see if the original post re-appears on Tuesday.
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