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: Standing behind what?
by twenex on Thu 21st Dec 2006 23:19 UTC in reply to "Standing behind what?"
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Mr. Allison leaves one company that has many patents (and appears to be moving away from the idea of patents) to another that is actively creating more and more patents??

Jeremy must be pro-patent after all. Probably upset that Novell isn't more pro-patent. ;)

Not sure what motivates Mr. Allison. I'm going to guess he's just a hot-head. Mad because Novell did a deal with Microsoft (didn't matter what kind of deal).

OK, name one company that ISN'T creating software patents (hint: even Redhat is doing it, if only for protective purposes). If there are none, then the only way he could choose not to support a company is by not working. Do you seriously think that would improve the situation?

In contrast, he is moving to a company that is not "circumventing" the GPL and is openly releasing this and that as FOSS.

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