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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A question
by IanSVT on Fri 22nd Dec 2006 20:52 UTC
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Can someone explain to me the difference between samba and mono from a philosophical level? Mono, since the deal between Novell and Microsoft, has been derided heavily by posters on this site. How does the mono org do anything differently than Samba? Aren't both reverse engineered platforms? Aren't both apparently using Microsoft's "standards" as their own? How is samba, by continuing to mimic Microsoft's SMB, not lending credence to Microsoft and their technology any less than Novell willing to work with OpenXML or Mono with .Net?

This is a serious question and not flame bait.

Edited 2006-12-22 20:53

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RE: A question
by pepa on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 19:49 in reply to "A question"
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I guess nobody really has to use Mono for anything, but if you want interoperability with Windows machines, Samba makes things very easy for you (not very philosophical). It might also have to do with the kind of people behind these projects, Miguel de Icaza for Mono versus Jeremy Allison (and Andrew Tridgell) for Samba. It seems to me they are on different ends of the spectrum with regards to Free Software.

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