Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Dec 2006 22:29 UTC, submitted by John Mills
Novell and Ximian Jeremy Allison (of Samba fame) has resigned from Novell in protest over the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement, which he calls 'a mistake' which will be 'damaging to Novell's success in the future'. His main issue with the deal, though, is "that even if it does not violate the letter of the licence, it violates the intent of the GPL licence the Samba code is released under, which is to treat all recipients of the code equally." He leaves the company at the end of this month.
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Sure, the Linux kernel developers might not think that it doesn't break the spirit of the GPL, but in all honesty, they're at odds with the wider community.

That may be true, but they're still allowed an opinion. I don't remember them saying that it doesn't break the spirit. But I DO remember Stallman saying that it doesn't contravene the letter.

Doesn't that really make you question their motives?
I question the decisions of the LKD's on many an occasion, not always publicly. But since I have no evidence that they're being bought off, for now I'll shut it on the issue.

And to be honest, I think that I rightly have the right to question the intent and morals of the current Linux kernel developer community.

Which makes you sound as if you're saying you have more right than I do. Why is that?

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