October 20, 2005 Leave a comment
While I've not seen a lot of news about this, it seems quite asinine to me. When a vendor can tell a customer what its employees can do on their own time, something is wrong. I'm sure most of you remember the BitKeeper Linux kernel debacle from a little while ago, but this really kicks things up a notch. It would be like Ford saying that once you purchased a Ford, you couldn't work at any other automobile manufacturer. Even Microsoft doesn't have a policy this insane, and I have no doubts that if they tried they would be sued for anti-competitive practices faster than you could commit a patch with git. Larry seems to have completely lost it as this point, IMHO. I'm quite frankly surprised that this story hasn't created more noise.
BitMover, BitKeeper, OpenSource, Mercurial, SCM