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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awesome
by moleskine on Thu 21st Dec 2006 23:42 UTC
moleskine
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2005-11-05

He's set a pretty awesome example, imho.

Mr Allison must have been in a very difficult position anyway. As the head of Samba, he is first in line to have to explain all about this mysterious "interoperability" between the two OSes which the Novell-Microsoft deal makes such a song and dance about - and of which so far there has been absolutely no sign at all. Why should he stand in line at Novell to take the rap? I think he testified at the recent EU vs Microsoft hearings over just this subject, and even if that's incorrect he will know what the inside score is anyway. His action hardly suggests we'll be seeing Microsoft "open up their protocols" hoho any time soon.

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RE: awesome
by jakesdad on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 00:04 in reply to "awesome"
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2005-12-28

Until MS ditches the SMB protocol.

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RE[2]: awesome
by shotsman on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 06:59 in reply to "RE: awesome"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

If they do that they will seriously p**s of users of Older versions of Windows( 2000, XP) and their famed 'interoperability' claim goes up in smoke faster than a redmond barbie.
It will also IMHO probably start up EU Legal action against MS. After all, they were forced to open up all sorts of stuff in the past year. IANAL but I wonder if they did this they might just be in violation of thr EU ruling and thus in contempt of court ans liable to many millions of Euros a day in fines.

OTOH, the geeks amongst up might secretly like them to do this but i would not like to bet on it though

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