~:: kalyan ::~

December 29, 2006

Jeremy Allison Has Resigned from Novell to Protest MS Patent Deal

Filed under: General, open-source — skalyanasundaram @ 3:58 am

Jeremy Allison (of Samba fame a second key developer in samba) has resigned from Novell in protest over the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement, which he calls “a mistake” which will be “damaging to Novell’s success in the future.”

His letters are like ,

I have decided to leave Novell.

This has been a very difficult decision, but one I feel I have no choice but to make.

As many of you will guess, this is due to the Microsoft/Novell patent agreement, which I believe is a mistake and will be damaging to Novell’s success in the future. But my main issue with this deal is I believe that even if it does not violate the letter of the licence it violates the intent of the GPL licence the Samba code is released under, which is to treat all recipients of the code equally.

In case anyone might think I gave up too easily, here is a copy of a letter I recently sent to management on this matter.


I know you don’t want to hear this, I know *nobody* wants to hear this but I’ll not be able to live with this if I don’t say it publicly at least once.

Whilst the Microsoft patent agreement is in place there is *nothing* we can do to fix community relations. And I really mean nothing.

We can pledge patents all we wish, we can talk to the press and “community leaders”, we can do all the right things w.r.t. all our other interactions, but we will still be known as GPL violators and that’s the end of it.

For people who will point out to me we don’t “technically” violate the GPLv2 here’s an argument I recently made on the mailing lists.

“Do you think that if we’d have found what we legally considered a clever way around the Microsoft EULA so we didn’t have to pay for Microsoft licenses and had decided to ship, oh let’s say, “Exchange Server” under this “legal hack” that Microsoft would be silent about it – or we should act aggr[i]eved when they change the EULA to stop us doing this?”

The Microsoft patent agreement has put us outside the community, and there is no positive aspect to that fact, and no way to make it so. Until the patent provision is revoked, we are pariahs.


Unfortunately the time I am willing to wait for this agreement to be changed to remedy the GPL violation has passed, and so I must say goodbye.

SuSE Linux is technically one of the most advanced Linux distributions, and I am proud to have been a small part of the Team that helped create it. Working at Novell has been a great deal of fun for me, and I will miss many of the great people I have worked with here.

Jeremy Allison.


December 20, 2006

what is SuSE means?

Filed under: Linux, SuSE — skalyanasundaram @ 11:46 am

I wonder why the u in SuSE always small. I never known what is SuSE means for earlier. SuSE is for Software und System Entwicklung. Ofcourse it is german. It comes like Software and System Development. In eNgLisH it is SaSD 😦 I Dont like it. Let it be in german only. It is good actually.

December 15, 2006

spooky ghost on my desktop

Filed under: General, Linux — skalyanasundaram @ 11:00 am

Started using amor (part of kdetoys project). spooky ghost and Tux are my favorite. Look at the pic. The cute spooky is standing over my run application


Looking for changing the random quote. It gives me KDE tips. I dont use kde. I wanted to have some funny tips. I tried replacing the tips-en file. Even it takes the tip from somewhere else also. lets see.

December 1, 2006

Weird Acronyms in emails and IRC

Filed under: General — skalyanasundaram @ 2:41 pm

You go crazy if everybody uses some acronym which you dont know. What the heck in the acronyms. They all here.

AFAIC – As far as I’m concerned
AFAIK – As far as I know
AFK – Away from keyboard
BRB – Be right back
BTDT -Been there, done that
BTW -By the way
BUAG -Butt-ugly ASCII graphic
C/C -Comments and criticism
EOM -End of message
FAQ -Frequently Asked Question.
FTW -For the win
FWIW -For what it’s worth
FYI -For your information
HTH -Hope this helps
IANAL -I am not a lawyer
IIRC -If I recall correctly
IMHO -In my humble opinion
IMNSHO -In my not so humble opinion
IMO -In my opinion
IOW -In other words
l33t or 1337 – From “elite”. This has become a term used to describe the informal communication of Internet gaming. L33t speak is
easily identified by the substitution of number and other characters for regular letters; e.g., hackers becomes h4XX0rz.
LFG -Looking for group, usually used in MMORPGs
LMAO -Laughing my butt off
LOL -Laughing out loud
MMORPG -Massive, multiplayer, online role-playing game, such as World of Warcraft or Star Wars Galaxies
MOTAS -Member of the appropriate sex
MOTOS -Member of the opposite sex
MOTSS -Member of the same sex
NG -Newsgroup
n00b -From “newbie”, meaning a newcomer not yet familiar with the rules
OTOH -On the other hand
PWN -Usage of the term “own”, as in “I PWNed you!”
RL -Real Life, as opposed to the Internet
ROFL -Rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLMAO -Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off
RTFM -Read The Fucking/Fine Manual.
SO -Significant other, used to refer to someone’s romantic partner without making any assumptions about gender or
legal status
TLA -Three letter acronym
TTFN -Ta ta for now
TTYL -Talk to you later
w00t -An expression of joy
WFN -Wrong forum, noob
WTF -What the heck
YMMH -You might mean here
YMMV -Your mileage may vary
{g} -Grin
{BG} -Big grin

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