I'd like a reading from anyone with experience with or a vantage
point on the following, based on current conditions in the UNIX
Say you are a developer with several years' (<10) experience working
on a vendor's UNIX system (trade secret, non-free), and you have access
to the source, all the way from utilities to the kernel. You then
choose to change jobs, and work for another UNIX vendor, on similar
types of components, say the IP stack. You are bound by a standard
non-disclosure agreement when you leave your old employer.
- from the perspective of the employee, what would your level of
concern be that your contamination with the old employer's source would
cause your new employer to decide that you could not work on similar
components because of proprietary information issues ?
- from the perspective of the _new_ employer, what would be your similar
concerns about what work this new employee could do ? For example, if
the employee had worked on the IP stack of his previous employer's
UNIX, would you choose not to have them work on your IP stack ? (Or
would vendors you're familiar with choose not to have them do so.)
I'm only concerned here with UNIX vendors; heavily protected trash
like Microslop is not of concern here. My personal experience is
of various degrees of anality among employers about contamination,
I'm curious about the current state of affairs among UNIX vendors.
Also, I realize that most people reading this aren't lawyers (if you
are one & can reply, that would be great), I'm looking for information
from regular developers (or management) with perspective on or
experience with this.
Thanks a bunch
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