NY Times: Sharing Software, IBM to Release Mail Program Blueprint

“Adding momentum to the open-source movement for the free
sharing of software, IBM plans Monday to make available the
original programmer’s instructions for a new mail program that can
be used to store and forward e-mail messages with a high level of

“This is IBM’s Christmas present to the Internet,” said Abner
Germanow, a computer security analyst at the International Data
Corp., a market research firm. “For these are core pieces of
software, and we’re going beyond trying to make money off of them,
to the idea that by freely sharing them it will make the world a
better place.”

“Like many big companies, the International Business Machines
Corp. seems to be cautiously feeling its way toward an open-source

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