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 raynevandunem on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 01:29 UTC
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It's kinda easy for him to talk. He already had a job at Google waiting for him.

The "beliefs" thing sounds more like "Stick it to the Man" grandstanding than a break-up necessitated by serious flaws on the part of Novell which hurt any of his productivity.

Plus, since Samba reverse-engineers Microsoft's protocols (SMB?), the result of which is used by Novell and others, it was obvious that they'd be royally-pissed by any cooperative dealings with MS by one of their major corporate clients, with whom they had a vested interest.

Hence, this is just a withdrawal of that vested interest, in order to steer as clear of MS as possible, due to the aforementioned reverse-engineering. Any touching contact between Samba and MS would give Samba a major fit of allergies.

That's the only reason I can see for resigning from Novell: being connected to a project that involves any MS networking IP (the type that Steve infamously referred to).

I don't see any morals behind this (and refuse to. Morals are for Bible-thumpers). Instead, I see the glaring pragmatics behind this resignation, and wish him luck at Google (the archetypal dream job at the moment).

/has used both OpenSuSe and Ubuntu, neither of which could cooperate with my desktop.
/hearts GoboLinux
/uses WinXP

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