Ubuntu Founder Solicits OpenSUSE List, Irritates Developers
Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth's attempt to talk SUSE developers into abandoning Novell/SUSE for Ubuntu goes over badly. (Linux-Watch)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 OpenSUSEs developers to abandon Novell SUSE for Ubuntu. In his OpenSUSE list note, Shuttleworth opened by slamming the Novell/Microsoft agreement, writing, "Novells decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shock waves through the community. The Samba team objects to the Novell-Microsoft deal. Click here to read more.
"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 communityin any capacity, including developers and package maintainers."