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Code of (still) uncertain origin

Code of (still) uncertain origin

Posted Aug 17, 2006 22:12 UTC (Thu) by jsarets (guest, #39560)
In reply to: Code of (still) uncertain origin by pointwood
Parent article: Code of (still) uncertain origin

I think that the kernel community should reach out to IBM and/or Lenovo and ask them what they think of the code. Tell them we got this from an unknown contributor that has signed-off that the code was developed using legitimate procedures, but we want to double-check with them, just to make sure.

One can only speculate as to why Mr. "Multinymous" is operating under a pseudonym, but regardless, we can't mess this up. This could very well be a test or a malicious attempt to torpedo the kernel. If that's the case, we need to be sure that we exercised due diligence in verifying the legitimacy of the code.

The tricky thing with software patents is that it's not easy to tell whether you're infringing on someone's patent. There's only so much we can do, but engaging IBM/Lenovo in this matter is a good step. Does anyone disagree?


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