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[News] [Rival] New Ubuntu/Canonical COO Former Novellsoft Employee, Was Going to Work for Microsoft

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] New Ubuntu/Canonical COO Former Novellsoft Employee, Was Going to Work for Microsoft
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:35:07 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Matt Assay replaces Jane Silber as Canonical COO.

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| A founding member of Novell's Linux Business 
| Office and an early influencer and  
| participant in the company's move to Open 
| Source, Matt Assay will bring to Canonical and 
| the Ubuntu project an in depth knowledge of 
| commercial marketing of open source



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| Jeremy Allison's talk about Microsoft was 
| good. We've feared Microsoft for so long it's 
| become almost unfashionable, but I think 
| Jeremy is right to keep reminding the free 
| software community of the danger there. He 
| talked about Microsoft's attempts to take over 
| the Web, and kindly mentioned Firefox's role 
| in pulling us back from that brink. He made 
| the point (which I think is too often 
| overlooked) that which company one works for 
| is almost always an individual moral choice 
| and we should hold people accountable for it 
| ... we can't let people off the hook by saying 
| "oh, the company I work for is just evil and I 
| can't do anything about it". The focus of his 
| talk was the suggestion that Microsoft is 
| gearing up for an all-out patent war on free 
| software. I don't know if this is true --- 
| honestly, I expected them to do it long ago 
| and I'm not sure what's been holding them back 
| --- but we certainly do need to keep aware of 
| the possibility. Jeremy suggested that 
| Microsoft will promote "RAND" standards --- 
| standards covered by patents whose licenses 
| would require a "Reasonable And Non-
| Discriminatory" fee, which sound good except 
| that for free software, any non-zero fee is a 
| show-stopper. In fact, as I discussed later in 
| my talk, RAND-encumbered standards won't fly 
| in the traditional Web standards world --- 
| e.g. CSS and HTML5. We have a very good 
| situation there, where everyone understands 
| that any suggestion that can't be implemented 
| in Gecko (MPL/LGPL/GPL) or Webkit (LGPL) is 
| simply a non-starter. However, we do face a 
| very serious situation in video, where the 
| licensing isn't even RAND, and possibly in 
| other technologies such as touch 
| interfaces. It was good to be able to use 
| some of these issues that Jeremy raised as 
| launching points for my talk. 

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