Possible answer to the question "What happened to IBM - once a pioneer of it's industry"


Take a look at the email in the Linux Kernel Mailing list. Software tech giants are widening the gap between ethical and legal. This is ultimately discouragement to personal hobbies / participation and contribution to open source development.

author	Lijun Pan <ljp@linux.ibm.com>	2021-04-19 16:25:25 -0500
committer	David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>	2021-04-19 16:28:01 -0700
commit	4acd47644ef1e1c8f8f5bc40b7cf1c5b9bcbbc4e (patch)
tree	b1f95f46e7dc73df96fcd6b97165cb7761df7d73
parent	c1102e9d49eb36c0be18cb3e16f6e46ffb717964 (diff)
download	net-4acd47644ef1e1c8f8f5bc40b7cf1c5b9bcbbc4e.tar.gz

I am making this change again since I received the following instruction.

"As an IBM employee, you are not allowed to use your gmail account to work
in any way on VNIC. You are not allowed to use your personal email account
as a "hobby". You are an IBM employee 100% of the time.
Please remove yourself completely from the maintainers file.
I grant you a 1 time exception on contributions to VNIC to make this

Signed-off-by: Lijun Pan <ljp@linux.ibm.com>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
-rw-r--r--	MAINTAINERS	1	
1 files changed, 0 insertions, 1 deletions
index 95e6766718b08..933a6f3c2369b 100644
@@ -8526,7 +8526,6 @@ IBM Power SRIOV Virtual NIC Device Driver
 M:	Dany Madden <drt@linux.ibm.com>
 M:	Sukadev Bhattiprolu <sukadev@linux.ibm.com>
 R:	Thomas Falcon <tlfalcon@linux.ibm.com>
-R:	Lijun Pan <lijunp213@gmail.com>
 L:	netdev@vger.kernel.org
 S:	Supported
 F:	drivers/net/ethernet/ibm/ibmvnic.*

This certainly describes a slave more than an employee. Commerce seems to be returning to the standards of the 1600s era.

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Tech companies are notorious for throwing in these clauses in contract “just in case”. Anyway, they lose potential highly capable employees because people at the top of their field have wider choices.

I am still confused by the choice of words " You are not allowed to use your personal email account as a "hobby". You are an IBM employee 100% of the time." , is IBM paying for 24 hours(if the contract isn’t by the hour then this is useless), is IBM liable if an employee distributes a malware? or gets involver in some cybercrime?

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