Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Sep 2006 16:57 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation "OS/2 has many applications that had been created by companies, individual developers and hobbyists. Many of these applications still works under the newest version of eComStation and have demonstrated a good quality. The only issue is that they are turning into abandonware since developers had switched to other platforms, but there is a chance to extend their life with the 'Open Source Long Live Elixir'. Here at OS2World.com we will like to make a call to OS/2-eCS developers and ex-developers to open source their creations. We believe that the software can be expanded for the benefit of the community and allowing a learning experience from the code of these applications."
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Any platform
by Sparrowhawk on Mon 18th Sep 2006 12:34 UTC
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2005-07-11

Abandonware is an issue on any platform, not just OS/2. Although most very old software sooner or later slips into obscurity, there is always scope for some enthusiastic developer to take on the work of maintaining/enhancing the application. Or even just providing it "as is", but without the fear of any legal issues.

I'm waiting for the GA release of eComStation 2.0 before deciding whether to return to eCS (1.2 does not play very happily with my hardware, but 2.0 has a much broader support for video cards, USB, etc - or so it seems). If not, I'll release my source code to this project. Although I'm not sure that anyone would want it ;)

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