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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The happy couple seperated i '87/'88 - which AFAIR was before IBM began developing OS/2 2.0 (OS/2 2.0 was partly 32-bit, the versions before was 16-bit) and OS/2 has seen heavy rewriting and optimizing in later generations like OS/2 Warp 3.0 (Enterprise) and OS/2 Warp 4.5 Server (Aurora).
The OS/2, and eCS, of today is based on the OS/2 Warp 4.5x Server - both client and server.

I hardly think that there is a great amount of MS code still to be found in OS/2 - also I hardly think that there are a great amount of IBM code to be found in Windows. W2K saw something like a rewrite for about 50mio lines of code.

With W2K Windows became the largest operating system on earth codewise - seing a few million lines of code doesn't make W2K an OS/2 clone.

Hmmm could it be the code for the Win16 subsystem ?

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