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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twenex
Member since:
2006-04-21

I hadn't, but even if I had heard of him before Microvel, the following sentence would be enough to "disendear" him to me:

I wrote a book, Linux Kernel Development, a tour de force on hacking and understanding the Linux kernel, now in its second edition. You should help feed my starving family and buy a copy or two and carry them with you everywhere you go.

Self-aggrandisement is uncool, even if you are a genius.

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twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Make that "especially if you're a genius".

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes - how dare he not lie about his own abilities in order to make you feel better?

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twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Yes - how dare he not lie about his own abilities in order to make you feel better?

I'm not asking him to lie, only to make sure his head is small enough to get through the door.

Not that we should expect you to understand this.

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butters Member since:
2005-07-08

Robert Love's Linux Kernel Development is IMHO the best-written text on Linux 2.6.x kernel internals, highly recommended. He is also one of the principle architects of the O(1) scheduler and kernel preemption.

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.

Being a free software developer means putting yourself out there, for better or worse, much like a celebrity. Most successful free software developers try to avoid the philosophies and the politics because it's too easy to rub someone the wrong way. The only sure way to please you users is to get back to the roots of the movement: release early, release often.

Expect some more Novell employees to leave over the patent covenant, but not before they find greener pastures elsewhere (as anyone who's experienced Google's burrito bar will attest). Smart people don't just quit being paid to do what they love, even if they feel like they're going down in a sinking ship.

Luckily, the market for established Linux developers is very strong and flexible. Google (for example) has built an empire based on creating an ideal environment for developers and then hiring the best away from their biggest competitors. In a similar way, Linux developers will eventually flow to whatever company offers the more appealing overall experience.

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twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

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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