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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easy for some
by Adurbe on Thu 21st Dec 2006 22:55 UTC
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

its easy to 'resign in protest' when you KNOW you have another job waiting for you

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RE: easy for some
by Temcat on Thu 21st Dec 2006 23:06 in reply to "easy for some"
Temcat Member since:
2005-10-18

So what? It's even better: he managed to both make a statement to Novell and ensure he could make a living. Denying loyalty is key here. In addition, do you really think that a person like Jeremy Allison wouldn't be able to find a good job for himself anyway?

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RE: easy for some
by twenex on Thu 21st Dec 2006 23:06 in reply to "easy for some"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

OTOH, he could have just stayed in his current one.

Resigning in protest when you know you have responsibilities to others than yourself which you will be unable to fulfill by resigning, is just selfish.

Lets not forget that when RMS left the AI Lab, he was offered the use of its facilities gratis.

Edited 2006-12-21 23:07

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RE[2]: easy for some
by g2devi on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 12:40 in reply to "RE: easy for some"
g2devi Member since:
2005-07-09

I think you're missing something fundamental.

He believed that by staying, he will be unable to fulfill his responsibilities to the Samba community -- converting Samba from GPLv2 to GPLv3 in order to keep it free from free riders and patent poachers.

If he has these beliefs, it would be self of him *not* to resign.

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RE: easy for some
by Kroc on Thu 21st Dec 2006 23:25 in reply to "easy for some"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

No it's not. Try saying that when you have a family and a house. It is not the same thing. He walked out on principles alone.

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RE[2]: easy for some
by dagw on Thu 21st Dec 2006 23:38 in reply to "RE: easy for some"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Did he resign before or after he got offered the new job? If it was after and he was leaving anyway then his action loses some of its point.

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