@bshah The first sentence does make sense and I think is a quote from the policy. The second sentence does not and I'm sure is line manager's interpretation. I had the same challenge once in my company but I escalated to arch board & people advocate (within company) and got it confirmed that I can do opensource outside of company and not on intersecting products (so yes, I wouldn't be able to contribute to vnic here, but would to some other subsys/driver where I don't code as employee).


1. You most definitely do not want to work for #IBM. There is no reason why any capable person ever would.

2. If the “instruction” meets the burden of proof, this is a nice admission of either: a) misbehaviour by this guy's manager or b) #slavery on IBM's part. In any case it's utter bollocks. You are *not* an employee “100% of the time” and what you do in your own time (with certain exceptions) concerns nobody.


@bshah I had the chance to meet a guy in 2016 who used to work in the BBVA in Spain, and he has a problem because the bank didn't allow him to contribute to the Openstack project on his free time. What it does look like curios to me was He worked in the bank in a solution based on OpenStack, and I just said WTF?

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