Key Developer Quits Novell over Microsoft Patent PactBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | Posted 2006-12-21 Email Print
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Well-known open-source developer and spokesperson Jeremy Allison leaves Novell because of his objections to the Microsoft/Novell patent agreement. (Linux-Watch)Jeremy Allison, a leading Samba developer and well-known open-source speaker, has decided to leave Novell because of his objections to the Microsoft/Novell patent agreement.
In his public letter of resignation, Allison said, "This has been a very difficult decision, but one I feel I have no choice but to make."
"As many of you will guess, this is due to the Microsoft/Novell patent agreement, which I believe is a mistake and will be damaging to Novell's success in the future.
Allison had been terribly conflicted about the Microsoft/Novell patent deal since its announcement. Those who knew him well were not surprised by his decision to leave Novell.
While Richard M. Stallman, the founder and leader of the Free Software Foundation, has said that the Microsoft/Novell agreement doesn't appear to violate the letter of the GPLv2, many open-source supporters believe, as Allison does, that it violates the GPL's spirit.
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