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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Robert Love's Linux Kernel Development is IMHO the best-written text on Linux 2.6.x kernel internals, highly recommended. He is also one of the principle architects of the O(1) scheduler and kernel preemption.

Linux is a meritocracy, and its success has encouraged the free software movement at large to follow suit. Self-aggrandizement is cool (and necessary) in a meritocracy.

Being a free software developer means putting yourself out there, for better or worse, much like a celebrity. Most successful free software developers try to avoid the philosophies and the politics because it's too easy to rub someone the wrong way. The only sure way to please you users is to get back to the roots of the movement: release early, release often.

Expect some more Novell employees to leave over the patent covenant, but not before they find greener pastures elsewhere (as anyone who's experienced Google's burrito bar will attest). Smart people don't just quit being paid to do what they love, even if they feel like they're going down in a sinking ship.

Luckily, the market for established Linux developers is very strong and flexible. Google (for example) has built an empire based on creating an ideal environment for developers and then hiring the best away from their biggest competitors. In a similar way, Linux developers will eventually flow to whatever company offers the more appealing overall experience.

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