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Red Herring: Exit Interview: Jeremy Allison

Jan 03, 2007, 14:30 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Falguni Bhuta)

"Q: How long did you consider it before resigning?

"A: I found out about the deal about five days before it happened. I feel like this whole thing is a personal failure. When I first heard I was excited, it was groundbreaking and [I thought] Microsoft was taking open source seriously. The more I looked at the patent provision, the less comfortable I got. I really, really want to like this deal. [I told them] 'tell me why isn't a GPL section violation'--meaning you have to pass on the same rights to the software that you received. You cannot say that my customer and I are exempt and anyone that they pass the software to is not exempt. [They] got more and more technical about it but it looked like a patent license without actually using the hideous words, it was just legal sophistry. It was playing with words to go around the intent of the license..."

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