Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Mar 2007 22:10 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation The fourth beta of eComStation 2.0 has been released. Some of the new features include better wireless support, the Lucide document viewer, the Psi/2 instant messenger, SAMBA, and much more. "This is the fourth beta release of the eComStation 2.0. This product is available for download to all registered eComStation customers with active Software Subscription Services."
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RE[2]: OS/2 Lives.
by rcsteiner on Mon 5th Mar 2007 06:44 UTC in reply to "RE: OS/2 Lives."
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As has been mentioned several times before, eComStation is only a reseller of a value-added version of the OS/2 operating system -- IBM owns the rights to all of the key OS/2 code (WPS, kernel, filesystems, etc) as well as all of the rights to license and release it.

IBM is choosing to not release the code for the kernel and other key elements. Informed speculation over the years has been that the main reasons for them not releasing the code relate to third-party IP in said code, meaning IBM couldn't (legally) release it even if it wanted to, at least without getting permission from those other parties.

The cost of eCS as a product is directly related to the cost of an OS/2 client license that IBM still imposes on Serenity Systems for each copy of eCS sold. If SSI could negotiate a much less expensive license from IBM, they could charge far less, but so far that hasn't happened.

I agree with you that eCS is too expensive for most folks, and I also agree that it really hurts its viability compared to other alternatives and will probably be the single factor which ultimately kills it as a product, but that is really IBM's call, not SSI's.

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