Programmer Leaves Novell Over Microsoft Patent Pact

Lora Bentley

ZDNet India reports today that open source programmer Jeremy Allison, who helped start the Samba project, is leaving Novell for Google, where he will continue his Samba work.


Apparently, Allison could not stand by and watch the Linux distributor destroy its reputation in the open source community. By partnering with Microsoft and agreeing, via the now infamous patent covenants, to treat some users of GPL'ed programs differently than others, he says, that's exactly what the company is doing.


The patent provisions violate the spirit of the General Public License, if not the letter, Allison said in his resignation, which was made public on Groklaw yesterday. Until those patent provisions are revoked, he said, Novell is a "pariah."

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