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There has been a great deal of heat in open-source circles over the Novell/Microsoft patent deal, but Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth took it to a whole new level when he went to the main OpenSUSE list to invite OpenSUSE’s developers to abandon Novell SUSE for Ubuntu.

In his OpenSUSE list note, Shuttleworth opened by slamming the Novell/Microsoft agreement, writing, “Novell’s decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shock waves through the community.

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“If you are an OpenSUSE developer who is concerned about the long-term consequences of this pact, you may be interested … [in] a series of introductory sessions for people who want to join the Ubuntu community—in any capacity, including developers and package maintainers.”

These sessions are part of Ubuntu Open Week.

This is a series of IRC (Internet Relay Chat) discussions with leading Ubuntu figures covering every aspect of the popular Linux development.

The Week runs from Nov. 27 through Dec. 2.

Shuttleworth continued: “There are a couple of sessions that would be particularly interesting for folks familiar with OpenSUSE.

“The Kubuntu team is hosting some events during the week to look at KDE and Ubuntu and to discuss the roadmap of their project. There are also a few events being hosted by the Ubuntu Desktop team.”

Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Ubuntu Founder Solicits OpenSUSE List, Irritates Developers

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