"Today marks the end of the Era of Zonker at Novell, as Joe
Brockmeier ends his tenure as Community Manager of openSUSE.
"Brockmeier has done a pretty good job while at Novell,
coordinating the community and marketing efforts around the popular
openSUSE distro. It goes without saying that getting him on board
lent a lot of legitimacy to Novell's business deal with Microsoft
in 2006. Brockmeier has a lot of respect in the community, so when
he calmly explained why Novell hadn't made a deal with the devil,
"I personally did not like Novell's decision to partner with
Microsoft--in particular the patent protection agreement that
prompted a knee-jerk response from the free software community to
change GPL v3 during its draft phase. At the time, I voiced the
opinion that if Microsoft wanted to have integration so badly, it
could do it without patent cooperation agreements."