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In any case, I do not see a motivation for theo to lie about something like this.
He didn't necessarily lie, but he clearly made statements that either the facts didn't bear out or that were made based on misunderstandings. Read the relevant messages at the URL posted above and come to your own conclusions. I don't know much about the man apart from what I read related to the Pegasos OpenBSD port, but his reactions in that connection might well lead a person to think that Theo might well react strongly and quickly before getting the full story on something.
For example, it's more than a little ironic for hundreds of developers and users around the world to read, with their Pegasos machines, Theo's statement that "there are almost NO WORKING machines in existance". See what I mean?
I still have not read anything that makes Genesi's actions understandable, much less, justifiable. Until then, I distrust them.
Again, have you read through the posts on the PDC page referenced above? Note in particular the retractions.
I am not going to buy from a company that would screw over it's own developers. Partly because a sympathasize for the affected developers . . .
Totally understandable. But keep in mind that you are apparently accepting the word of one party in a dispute at face value while assuming the worst about the other. While there is no question that Genesi has been underfunded and has had trouble meeting its obligations to people at times, it doesn't follow that every claim against them is valid.
Publicly countering even unjustified accusations doesn't do a company's rep any good so i suggest you (or anyone with a real concern) contact Bill Buck directly if you want more information about these issues.