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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Linus and many of the kernel developers have different motives than the Free Software crowd, nobody has ever made any secret of this. Just because their motives are different doesn't make them wrong.

Linus wants to make the best possible kernel and make sure it is as useful as possible to as many people as possible, beyond that he is largely apolitical. This has always been the case, why should it all of a sudden become worrying now?

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