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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OS/2, AmigaOS and others
by Earl Colby pottinger on Thu 7th Feb 2008 20:57 UTC
Earl Colby pottinger
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What I don't understand is why no-one has tried to just reproduce a clean room version of their favorite OS instead of demanding the owners of the original code to open source?

BeOS will soon live again as Haiku, it has so far taken about 10 years to reach the point that people can see it as a possible replacement OS.

OS/2, AmigaOS and others 'retired' OSs that have fans are still older than BeOS, had far larger fan bases at the time of retirement and in some ways simpler code bases to reproduce. Most of these OSs could have already been recreated by now if their fans had spent their time coding instead of demanding the original code base to be opened up.

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