Key Developer Quits Novell over Microsoft Patent Pact
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 Novells success in the future.
"But my main issue with this deal is I believe that even if it does not violate the letter of the license it violates the intent of the GPL license the Samba code is released under, which is to treat all recipients of the code equally."