Subject: Re: SOME I.B.M. SOFTWARE TOOLS TO BE PUT IN PUBLIC DOMAIN
From: burton@openprivacy.org (Kevin A. Burton)
Date: 05 Nov 2001 20:24:23 -0800

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Keith Bostic <bostic@sleepycat.com> writes:

> SOME I.B.M. SOFTWARE TOOLS TO BE PUT IN PUBLIC DOMAIN Issue: Open Source
> I.B.M. plans to announce today that it is placing $40 million of its software
> tools in the public domain as the first step toward founding an open-source
> organization for developers. The move is the latest step in International
> Business Machines embrace of the open-source software model, in which
> programmers around the world share software code for joint development and
> debugging. The new open-source organization, called Eclipse, will focus on the
> programming tools used to build applications and other software. More than 150
> software companies, from Linux distributors like Red Hat and SuSE to
> applications developers like Rational and Bow Street, are lined up to join the
> Eclipse community. I.B.M. considers it a worthwhile investment to place in the
> public domain software tools that it spent $40 million to develop, seeing the
> move as one that further undermines the leading operating system suppliers,
> like Microsoft.  [SOURCE: New York Times, AUTHOR: Steve Lohr]
> (http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/05/technology/05OPEN.html) (requires
> registration)


Where did they get the $40,000,000 dollar figure?  Is there a tax benefit for
this? (of course it could be a PR issue)

Also... I just thought of something.

If I donate my time to a non-profit(Apache, Free Software Foundation, EFF, etc),
is this tax deductable?  :)

Kevin

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