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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RE: Petition for free download
by rcsteiner on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 04:41 UTC in reply to "Petition for free download"
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This is precisely what I've been interested in seeing from IBM for years.

All of these petitions asking IBM to release the source are engaging in pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking, in my view, but IBM was willing to allow SSI to create a Live CD using OS/2 technology. That was more than I expected. Why not release something along very similar lines -- a stripped down binary-only desktop version with absolutely no support?

Vanilla OS/2 by itself isn't that thrilling anymore, except (as others have mentioned) for its WorkPlace Shell, but when the base OS/2 platform is combined with a selection of freely-available third party tools, it becomes a fairly good lightweight alternative to Linux and other UNIX workalikes and/or derivatives out there.

*Any* decently performing kernel can be made usable given a sufficient selection of drivers and end-user applications, and OS/2 is no exception to that.

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