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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RE: easy for some
by twenex on Thu 21st Dec 2006 23:06 UTC in reply to "easy for some"
twenex
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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"
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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[3]: easy for some
by twenex on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 12:43 in reply to "RE[2]: easy for some"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

True enough, but that doesn't solve the immediate problem of how to resign if you don't have another job to go to. Of course, in this instance, that happily doesn't apply to him.

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