Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 28th Jul 2002 18:30 UTC, submitted by Prognathous
OS/2 and eComStation OSNews reader Prognathous writes: "Well, actually it was released earlier this year, but I couldn't find any references in your news section, so it's about time. The only problem is that other than in usenet, details are scant and the official release was very subdued (search the page for "4.52")." This release is only available to IBM's active software subscription customers of OS/2 Warp 4 and it does seem to be a service pack ("Convenience Package" as IBM calls it). IBM does not intend to provide any additional convenience packages in the future.
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by rajan r on Mon 29th Jul 2002 03:41 UTC

They need a replacement for OS/2, they don't want it to be anything from Microsoft. Hey, got an idea, how about open sourcing it, and over time merging it with their other free OS of choice, Linux. It would make a ton of sense since they can't make money out of OS/2, but they really need it for their clients, and they want to get off cheap by using linux for their servers.

They are quite okay with Microsoft cause the only way they are competiting is with Linux and databases, nothing to stiff for Microsoft to kill IBM off.

However, what you have suggest is impossible, Microsoft would never had allowed that. Remember, OS/2 is Microsoft code to... well, most of it. Also, IBM had licensed OS/2 to eComStation.

Plus, IBM chosed Linux mainly for servers because it made sense, from the business point of view, and, I hope, from the technical point of view in the future. I don't see much technical reason to merge OS/2 and Linux (at least if we were talking about desktops).