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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Sounds Great but..
by ma_d on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 04:25 UTC
ma_d
Member since:
2005-06-29

You know, my first thought here is: "Good for him." And my second thought is, "if I wanted to hire FOSS programmers would this bother me that they are more likely to resign over political and business issues?"

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RE: Sounds Great but..
by twenex on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 11:01 in reply to "Sounds Great but.."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

And my second thought is, "if I wanted to hire FOSS programmers would this bother me that they are more likely to resign over political and business issues?"

Well if you're used to being sneaky and having people sit down and take it, yes. (Microsoft and Novell all but admit they've been sneaky).

But then success in business should come from ability to come up with good products and customer service, not ability to be sneaky.

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RE[2]: Sounds Great but..
by trenchsol on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 11:52 in reply to "RE: Sounds Great but.."
trenchsol Member since:
2006-12-07

Pardon me, but the responsability for business decisions is on employer, not employees. Employee should not let herself/himself to get involved in illegal activity, but for the rest, the decision, responsability and the consequences are on employer. This is not supposed to be a communism with "working councils".

DG

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