Mea culpa on Miguel

An apology to Miguel de Icaza

A few days ago I crossed the line between corporate and personal. I criticized Miguel de Icaza, a developer for whom I have significant professional respect. I suggested that he use his considerable talents on other projects with (in my estimation) more market impact.

That's not my place. Miguel writes code that he loves, and has the added bonus of getting paid to do so. I apologize. Sincerely.

I'm writing this not because anyone asked me to (Neither CNET nor Novell suggested a retraction). Rather, I'm writing it because I've felt uneasy about it since I hit "Publish" on the blog tool. I felt that I had done wrong. I just didn't have a good way to take it back. (CNET doesn't allow deletion of posts. The tool simply doesn't support this feature.)

It wouldn't have mattered, anyway, since Google remembers things forever. So the best I can do is to apologize for crossing the line. It won't happen again.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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