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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principle ...hmm ?
by linux-it on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 09:15 UTC
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It's always easy to have principles but if he had, he would have resigned almost instantaneously after the deal was closed. If you make a statement, do it at the right moment, not later.

I understand he's got new work so the cashflow will be flowing after all. Makes me wonder if it really was a principle after all. Like someone else stated: maybe hot headed.

Besides, there is a growing group of popele that sthart to understand that actions like this, without much thinking, is in fact a way how MS can amplify the FUD (simply by waiting how the linux community does it's "job").

The *real* problem will be the FSF and the upcoming GPLv3 that may cause problems. In real life, peple really like the idea about the interoperability; most don't give a damn about the patents stuff as they feel it's worthless (and so far: it is).

We're at a point where tere may be done a lot of damage from inside the linux community and we all should try to counter that, by thinking with you head instead with your stomach.

It should be seen pragmatically instead of idealistic. We've all seen that some distributions are too idealistic causing them not to be used a lot outside home.

Edited 2006-12-22 09:23

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RE: principle ...hmm ?
by pepa on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 19:39 in reply to "principle ...hmm ?"
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Well, he thought about it a bit, watching how things were working out, and then he published an open letter requesting Novell to get out of this deal. Then he gave them some time, and when it was obvious they were sticking to their policy of covering up, he quit.
By then, he did have another job lined up for him, which is quite pragmatic, a value you seem to endorse.

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