|Subject: [hangout] SCO and and FUD leads to resignations
"I kept coming back to the same thing. If my working for OSRM is doing
harm by creating FUD possibilities, I need to remove that issue. Money
is nice, but integrity is everything."
Thus "PJ" - Groklaw's founder and editor Pamela Jones - as she resigned
from Open Source Risk Management in response to SCO's repeated use of
her employment there to say that it proved that she believes there are
substantial IP risks in Linux.
"That is nonsense, of course," wrote PJ yesterday at Groklaw.net It
actually means the opposite, if anything."
"I was never involved in the insurance side of OSRM anyway," she
continued. "But I take it seriously that they are using my work
relationship for FUD purposes."
"There was also the Ballmer FUD to factor in. I have thought
about it carefully for a couple of days and brainstormed some.
There is a scripture that says the heart is desperate, meaning
it wants what it wants and tries to find a way to justify what
it wants, and I'm only human.
No one likes to separate themselves from an income stream if
they don't have to. I tried to justify to myself maintaining the
status quo. The FUD is unfair, but it doesn't matter. FUD is
always unfair. One must simply deal with it. In analyzing my
choices, I kept coming back to the same thing. If my working for
OSRM is doing harm by creating FUD possibilities, I need to
remove that issue. Money is nice, but integrity is everything.
So, I have resigned."
"OSRM were extremely gracious about it," added Jones. "Down the road,
when there's nothing left of SCO but an old blues song, perhaps we'll be
able to work together again. But for now, I decided to try to find other
PJ's resignation from OSRM might not have been necessary, one observer
commented, if OSRM had done a better job of rolling out its "patent
"The right way to market the product would have to been to say,
'We've researched the risk of patent liability in Linux,
including the risk of meritless claims, and we're prepared to
quote a rate for indemnification to match what proprietary
software vendors offer their volume customers.' This shouldn't
have raised anyone's hackles, and it would have met a legitimate
need. FUD potential would have been nonzero but small."
"It's unfortunate that PJ has to pay the price for someone else's
mistake," added the commentator.
OSRM - which calls itself "the only vendor-neutral provider of Open
Source risk mitigation and warranty solutions" - has yet to comment
publicly on whether it accepts the blame for having fanned the FUD
flames by giving Microsoft and SCO the wherewithal to spread anti-Linux
rumors when it announced that Linux may infringe some 283 (unspecified)
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