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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Good for him
by IanSVT on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 13:55 UTC
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I've defended Novell over this more times than not, but I'm completely fine with him quitting. He has an idea about how things should go, his employer went against those, and he decided to stick to his guns and left. Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you just have to part ways.

Again, Novell made a business decision which will have lasting PR related issues in the open source community. Time will tell if there are any legal implications and if the OSS community and blogosphere were right after all or were all inferring things that weren't there. It's a shame to see him go, but don't think for a second that Novell didn't have good engineers before him and continue to have good engineers.

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