Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Jan 2008 23:33 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation IBM pretty much slammed the solid oak door on open sourcing os/2. "As stated in our response to your September 2005 letter we have considered the positioning of os/2 and open source several times in the past, and for a variety of business, technical, and legal reasons we have decided to not pursue any os/2 open source projects."
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Workplace Shell
by grat on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 00:22 UTC
grat
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2006-02-02

I'm not so interested in OS/2 itself-- It was a good OS, and much better than Windows 95, but still suffered from 8.3 DLL naming conventions, and the associated "DLL hell" that comes with that. The file system was much better than FAT, but NTFS (which was based on HPFS) has closed that gap. At this point, other than being a study in code optimization, OS/2 the operating system isn't that unique.

However, the Workplace Shell, which was a true, object-oriented desktop environment... That's something I'd like to see picked up by a new project. There was functionality available in WPS that no other desktop environment has touched.

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