Wednesday, March 21, 2007
My Eclipse, part Deux
DISCLAIMER: this is the opinion of me myself and I. I do not represent JBoss, RedHat, do not speak for Gavin, Sacha, and the armies of legal experts from Raleighwood.
The good: Kudos on giving back the modified LGPL code. It seems that is all that was wanted of you and required of you by the license.
The bad: That it had to happen after a public spat is unfortunate. Makes everyone look like mad dogs that can't agree on simple licenses?.
The not so pretty either: that late post about David, goliath and all that googeblidddeboggk. Dude, give it a rest! All you really needed to say was "my bad, the todo sheet was under an old pizza that I found yesterday and it took us 15 mo to do it. It smells of dirty socks but hey it is done. Peace, we are clean now, thank you, good night". Click! you turn off the light and leave without making TOOO much noise. Instead the post is delusional... again.
Look between us girls here. I know how percieved competition can heighten anxiety. I have had my share of fun nights. My recommendation is for you guys to stop blogging tho, Maher, you are not coherent and as Gavin points out you are clowning yourself at this point. Drop it.
And I know where it comes from. I also understand how nerve wrecking deals can be, whether they work or they don't. My advice? Send Maher on a extended break. At least 3 weeks, he is talking garbage right now. See my mantra at JBoss when crisis hit was "it is urgent that we do NOTHING!". I would pause for effect and love the look on people's face. It was such a french thing for me to do. And, seriously, I would then leave for 3 weeks of vacation :) it worked wonders for me. It drove my US executives absolutely NUTS! But it prevented the "knee jerk" reaction, or "haste makes waste". Take a step back and this issue will seem petty in 3 weeks.
For the bigger problem of competition, Maher you need to chill, you guys will be more than all right. You have a good product, a great brand, a solid business and a community. So RELAX... it's all good. RHT is going to put all wood behind one arrow (Gavin and SEAM tooling) and since you have a good track record of listening to what the common customers want, I am sure you will find ways to sell into the bigger market, unified market, RHT is about to create around JEMS and SEAM.
You will be fine, for now, chill...