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 agree with everything you said except this:

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.

Self-aggrandizement is NOT necessary (or cool) in a meritocracy unless the competition is between self-aggrandizers. But the competition in Linux is between coders. If your code or your documentation speak for themselves, you've no need to self-aggrandize.

Notice that I didn't say "no need to advertise", or "no need to promote". Self-aggrandizement is either of those + arrogance.

Leave self-aggrandizement to Microsoft where it belongs. They're much better at it anyway

Edited 2006-12-22 10:56

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