Thursday, December 21, 2006

Another Novell Resignation

Jeremy Allison, who up until now had been working for Novell on the Samba project to allow Unix and FOSS OS's to connect to Microsoft machines across a network, has announced his departure from Novell, reports Groklaw.

I've already staked out my claim as no-friend-of-Novell over their patent deal with MS, and this isn't the first time there has been wailing and gnashing of teeth over it from the Samba team, either. I understand Novell felt they had to do something to gain on Redhat, by far and away the No.1 in the commercial Linux sector - but it's a shame that they had to throw their community goodwill out in the process. Despite some hiccups along the way (abandoning the Linux desktop, retreating from selling shrinkwrapped Linux versions in stores like PCWorld), Redhat has actually managed to stay in the good books of most of the Linux community and prove that the GPL is not unfriendly to businesses. (In fact it's my - somewhat controversial - opinion that the GPL is more friendly to business than BSD, and that is what is responsible for Linux' success. More on that topic later.)

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