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Dec 12, 2000, 13:21 (6 Talkback[s])

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"Since we have recieved an information about LinuxNotes project, we started to investigate the case of hidden linux projects in big companies. Opinions like the one presented by Toby Haynes from IBM on LinuxToday suggested that there is some big underground in IBM!"

"...We received some mails from Lotus managment and thay said thay have no idea about any Linux projects. The same was told by IBM officials. They even told us that nobody even thinks about making such ports. So why does programmers in those companies make unofficial software? And is it illegal? Yes, illegal, because some protocols used by unofficial programs is sometimes a secret of it's publisher. And making a port of this software may be illegal, because the license usually forbids reverse engineering and sometimes even sniffing information send by it."

"Okay - I know it - IBM engineers have all the rights to Lotus Notes code, because Lotus belongs to IBM. And that could somehow explain the fact that the code developed by Linux underground in IBM stays secret. But don't you think that programmers working in Big Blue could just try to say to their boss: Hey man, don't worry, releasing this code can help!. I know that that's not so easy in such companies but... why nobody knows that something like this exists?"

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