On Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 5:49 PM, anirudh singh shekhawat <
shekhawat.anir...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Everyone feared IBM in the good old days, when guys in black suits and tie
> would either make you go out of business or buy you off the hook. IBM guys
> were considered evil big brothers, who were ruthless and sung company songs.
> So anyways IBM seemed to have changed quite a lot in recent years and we all
> know its open support towards free and open source mentality, and anyways I
> am here to talk about what is it doing right now which actually violates
> that very philosophy.
> There is a very popular competition which IBM runs in india called TGMC
> (The great mind challenge) [1] for students. Well that is all good but the
> tricky part comes here. IBM only accepts projects made using its technology
> i.e. the tools which only IBM provides to the educational institute you are
> in and yes, they dont give these tools to individuals, they can only be
> acquired once your institute is in the program and it so happens that IBM
> after sending its big boys to your institute and, your college will soon
> will make it compulsory for everyone in the final year to make their major
> projects for IBM, and my college is one of them and we are stuck with making
> our major projects in TGMC if we want or not.
> The tools to be used are : Rational Rose/RSA
> RAD/Eclipse/WSAD/ WebSphere Portal
> DB2 Express ā€“ ā€˜Cā€™ or DB2 UDB
> and as it seems that you cant do this project without IBM's help. But what
> is more important are the Terms and Conditions, what it has imposed on all
> student developers working on it, here is an interesting one :-
> "By submitting entries, entrant grants IBM and their agents of the program
> the right to publish, use, adapt, sell, edit and/or modify such entry in any
> way, in commerce and in any and all media worldwide, including but not
> limited to the Internet, without limitation and without compensation to the
> entrants. Entrant also grants IBM worldwide irrevocable, nonexclusive and
> royalty-free right and license to use, have used, copy, reproduce, transfer,
> modify and/or display any information contained in their entry in whole or
> part and in any form without compensation." for a complete set of Terms and
> Conditions [2]
> >> Woah!! So that means you dont own your work, it just does not belong to
> you. I wonder what is this giant teaching young students on this country.
> And what is this policy where, on one hand its promoting open source and on
> the other its doing this.
>    ----exactly
     I think many people really don't know the proper meaning of open source

> And this is not limited to my college alone, I know a lot many college in
> jaipur, rajasthan, india which have fallen for this and have made it
> mandatory for their students to work on it.
> [1]  http://tgmc.in
> [2] https://tgmc.in/terms_conditions.php?id=8
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Hirak Sarkar
CSE 3rd year
Kalyani Govt. Engg. College
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