Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Feb 2008 14:12 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation "It just might be possible for Linux desktop users to get one of OS/2's best features: SOM (System Object Model). Of course, many of you are asking, 'SOM, What's the heck is SOM?' I'll tell you. It's a CORBA object-oriented shared library. Those of you who aren't programmers are doubtlessly staring cross-eyed at the screen right about now. For you: SOM is an easy-to-use universal programming library that both KDE and GNOME developers could use to create programs that would work in any Linux desktop environment."
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SOM is not CORBA
by chaosvoyager on Wed 13th Feb 2008 16:40 UTC
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Sadly the comparison to CORBA badly misrepresents SOM.

SOM was the best component model in its day, and in many ways may still be. In addition to OS/2, it formed a fundamental part of Taligent, Pink, and even Apple's Copland, and was the basis of OpenDoc. But like many good technologies, it seemed to just fade away.

I wouldn't write it off just yet.

Edited 2008-02-13 16:49 UTC

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