Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 13, 2002 08:13 AM
I know the guy personally. Worked for him for 2 years before I got fed up with him and bailed.
He kept a fridge full of gatorade (the executive fridge) and got seriously p*ssed if he ever found it empty and drove an old beat-up Honda before the company went IPO.
Saw him cuss out lots of hard working people for no good reason, saw him throw temper tantrums, seen his lust for power and money. He is a pretty boy used to getting what he wants. He had a few failed business ventures, got lucky with MP3.com, (lots of people built great stuff at MP3 and created value, it was Michael who browbeat the lawyers into submitting to his plans and got the company sued and greatly devalued much to the detriment of the people who work there) and then took all of the money and ran off to attempt to make more. Michael Robertson is not at all interested in serving the Free Software (or even the Open Source) community. He is interested in fattening his bank account.
He looks down on Linux people as having no business savvy. Because business savvy and being rich are what it's all about, right? Helping other people and sharing with your friends are totally foreign ideas to him. If he gives money to some free software project it is only to further his own goals. We don't need his marketing help. We are making slow but sure progress.
Answer me this: Where is the code that Michael had written? Where can I download it? Is it GPL'd?
What about the WINE license? He has intentionally forked and proprietized the BSD-licensed WINE code. That is definitely NOT in the best interests of the community.
Most of this is my opinion, of course. But I knew the guy, he seemed really cool at first, but having been used by him I now just feel slimy. I'm glad I don't have to see him every day anymore.