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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not going to matter Soon
by milles21 on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 05:01 UTC
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Many people forget that NSS is open Source Open Enterprise Server 2 which is based on SUSE 10 will use NSS as a method of sharing files and folders. This whole SMB thing will be a non-issue if MS dumps the smb protocol. Which speculation says appears they may lean towards in future. Whether samba is GPL 3 will be irrelevant at that point then you can just integrate it to SLES 10.

Apparently people really thinks that the lack of SMB will kill Novell if anything them collaborating with MS will yield tighter integration of some new protocol and make SUSE the preferred choice and leave samba developers hacking once again

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