It was rumored in January that Fleury, who has been out on paternity leave, was about to leave JBoss (now part of Red Hat). It was confirmed on Friday that Fleury has left RedHat and will not be returning.
It will be interesting to see where Fleury goes next and what his next project will be. Fleury arguably created and mastered the ‘Professional Open Source’ business model, not only creating a viable open soure Java EE application server to challenge the major players in the marketplace (IBM, BEA, Oracle), but introducing a sales approach to capitalize on the rising interest of open source software. Fleury sold JBoss to RedHat for $350 million in June 2006.