Linked by Michael Reed on Thu 7th Feb 2008 17:21 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation Last month, IBM made an announcement that put an end to any hope of an open source OS/2. Responding to requests from an online community that had previously collected 11,600 signatures in support of its cause, the company confirmed that they would not be releasing the source code of their OS/2 operating system. I used OS/2 as my main operating system for about four years, and unlike some former users, my reaction to the news sits somewhere between disinterest and relief.
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RE: challenge
by rcsteiner on Thu 7th Feb 2008 20:04 UTC in reply to "challenge"
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"I challenge an OS/2 enthusiast to point out something that has been added to the OS/2 GUI that could not be added to other operating systems."

Since most Linux desktops are open source, anything added to the WPS in a purely OO manner could be added to any of those open source desktops in a myriad of ways, OO or otherwise. Having the source is a good thing! :-)

I always bring up a list of GUI features that I use in the WPS which I miss in other OSes, but nobody else seems to care about:

* Workgroup folders
* The ability to rearrange icons on the desktop in several different ways and then UNDO that rearrange if you didn't like it.
* The ability to easily locate the parent of a desktop shortcut.
* the ability to individually lock some icons to the desktop while allowing the rest to float.

Not important to some, but like I said I miss those features...

Edited 2008-02-07 20:04 UTC

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