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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Petition for free download
by A30Guy on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 04:14 UTC
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OS/2 is an operating system with a reducing number of users and no reason for new users to try it. Open-sourcing it would not change that in a hurry. Rather than repeatedly petitioning for OS/2 to be open-sourced, wouldn't it be more productive to ask IBM to make OS/2 available for free download? That might increase the user base and draw in more enthusiasts. Maybe a clone project would eventuate, or at least some new development in specific areas. IBM made OS/2 available on a magazine CD (APC) in July 2000, so they might be persuaded.
The ReactOS team didn't rely on Microsoft open-sourcing Windows before their project got underway.

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