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: And AIX ?
by sbergman27 on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 13:06 UTC in reply to "And AIX ?"
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It would much more useful if IBM's AIX would become free software, like OpenSolaris.

A FOSS AIX would probably be of limited usefulness. As I understand it, insanely tight integration with the hardware is one of its greatest strengths.

Rather than going through the intensive effort that opening AIX would require, I would prefer to see IBM invest the resources in adding some of AIX's more useful capabilities to existing FOSS OSes.

And do we really *need* another FOSS Unix? I'm all for 'coopetition' between multiple developer communities. But beyond a certain number of major players, the benefits of the competition become overshadowed by the fragmentation of developer resources.

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