June 17, 2005
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Anybody Home at IBM

Last time I looked, IBM had pretty much bet their farm on open source.

Bizarrely, they just emailed Eastgate (and, doubtless, lots of other vendors) with a demand that we certify that we don't use any open source software. If we do use any open source software, they want a pile of paperwork for each one. The email threatens that firms that don't comply will be dropped from the approved license database.

You'd think IBM would want to encourage people to use systems from companies like, well, IBM.

And they used to be such a powerhouse...