Red Hat: From 'Cuddly Penguin' to Public Enemy No. 1

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Marc Fleury, senior vice president of Red Hat's JBoss division, sat down with eWEEK Senior Editor Darryl K. Taft at the JBoss World conference here Nov. 20-22 and discussed a variety of subjects including increasing the Red Hat investment in JBoss R&D, evolving the JBoss code base and governance model, hiring, technology, and the Red Hat "cuddly penguin" growing some teeth.

What's been going on with the JBoss folks for the last six months? It's been quiet.

It's been quiet. It's been a little bit too quiet for my tastes. So we've been working on the integration with Red Hat. Sales has been integrated. R&D hasn't been impacted, and we're trying to grow this operation.

The integration was difficult work so far.

Yeah, well, you know what your haters are saying …

What are they saying?

They're saying you guys just went to ground, that you just took the money and ran.

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