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: A deal with the devil?
by alucinor on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 19:59 UTC in reply to "A deal with the devil?"
alucinor
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2006-01-06

MS likes to play hardball.

The only people who I've met who can play hardball better than MS is the FLOSS community. They know NOT to give MS any sort of leverage. This deal gives MS some leverage into EEE open source through Novell, using the fulcrum of patents. MS can identify "blessed" and "pirate" versions of Linux, thus containing the movement under a few corporate umbrellas, which would be a wise move for MS since they are quite adept at destroying companies, but not movements.

Unfortunately for MS, though, the fastest growing Linux distros are community ones, not corporate, and I think they also had counted on Red Hat accepting the patent offer too. Red Hat has some balls, but they also know that to make that sort of deal with MS would cause a huge rift in the FLOSS community between the corporations and the hobbiests.

Red Hat is smart enough to know that real innovation comes through a dialogue between both.

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