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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I didn't say you didn't have the right. You choose not to question the differences in views between Jeremy and the LKD, I choose to question them. Nothing more and nothing less. Your initial post almost implied that I shouldn't dare question the LKD.

Yes, the LKD are allowed an opinion, but we can also discuss whether the wider community feels that their opinion is what we want.

Yes, Richard said that the Microsoft/Novell agreement, as is, doesn't break the GPL v2. Note he said break. Note that the FSF does not feel that Microsoft or Novell are following the intent or spirit of the GPL with this agreement. And note, that the FSF is glad that this deal happened now, because they're modifying the draft GPL v3 to make sure that it can't happen in the future.

As Jeremy pointed out, just because you can find a [legal] loophole doesn't make it morally right to abuse it.

Linux has always been about community, but of late it's gone into different directions, with different ideals, and I personally find those ideals very worrying for the wider community. Many of the voices don't speak out on their thoughts, I do.


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