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 mcmv200i on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 12:27 UTC in reply to "Standing behind what?"
mcmv200i
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2006-12-14

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??

Exactly!

And

* Google supports the chinese governments' censorship
* Google releases the "google search bar" which should be better called "google spy bar" since it loves to -- indeed -- "search" your computer but phone home to google and tell them about what it found out.
* they release a lot of proprietary software.

In contrast:
* Nearly every software company does so: software patents + proprietary software (even most of the FLOSS companies, as mentioned in other postings here)
* Google has its "Summer of Code" which I think is a great contribution to the community
* Google releases some great FLOSS projects from time to time (like its Web developer kit)

So I think, all in all, this whole thing shouldnt be seen to black and white. See also my posting below.

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