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Jeremy Allison Has Resigned from Novell to Protest MS Patent Deal

Thursday, December 21 2006 @ 08:35 AM EST

 

The legendary 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. He explained why in a message sent to several Novell email lists, and the message included his letter to management:

 

"Whilst the Microsoft patent agreement is in place there is *nothing* we can do to fix community relations. And I really mean nothing," Allison wrote. "Until the patent provision is revoked, we are pariahs....Unfortunately the time I am willing to wait for this agreement to be changed ...has passed, and so I must say goodbye."

Read the full article on Groklaw.

 

source: hup.hu

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I'm still somewhat on the fence about the Novell/MS deal. It could go horribly wrong, or it could end up helping out open source. Both sides have good points, but really only time will tell.

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I'm still somewhat on the fence about the Novell/MS deal. It could go horribly wrong, or it could end up helping out open source. Both sides have good points, but really only time will tell.

Maybe you are but they don't. Microsoft has already sold 16000 SLES subscriptions. That means a good deal for Novell without a doubt. Developers leaving them? So what they will hire more. Besides if you have a a family to keep up you don't just leave your employer even if you don't like what he's doing. Not everyone can go to Google like Jeremy Allison did.

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