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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by moleskine on Thu 21st Dec 2006 23:42 UTC
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He's set a pretty awesome example, imho.

Mr Allison must have been in a very difficult position anyway. As the head of Samba, he is first in line to have to explain all about this mysterious "interoperability" between the two OSes which the Novell-Microsoft deal makes such a song and dance about - and of which so far there has been absolutely no sign at all. Why should he stand in line at Novell to take the rap? I think he testified at the recent EU vs Microsoft hearings over just this subject, and even if that's incorrect he will know what the inside score is anyway. His action hardly suggests we'll be seeing Microsoft "open up their protocols" hoho any time soon.

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