Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 21:11 UTC, submitted by judgen
OS/2 and eComStation "In this anniversary, I'd like to shed some light about my first-hand experience with [OS/2], especially since I see many attempts at history re-writing and over-simplification, when people compress OS/2's two decades into a single paragraph. An OS/2 user named Roger Perkins wrote to OS/2 newsgroups ten years ago: "Here's to OS/2's 10th Anniversary on April 2nd! No OS has ever died so many times!"
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First thing I thought of...
by the_trapper on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 22:36 UTC
the_trapper
Member since:
2005-07-07

No OS has ever died so many times!

Does BSD count? It's been dying for years now.

Okay, really, I was just kidding. In all reality though, it just goes to show that most software never truly dies, it just becomes a zombie sometimes. I just wish IBM could release the source.

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RE: First thing I thought of...
by cobbaut on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 08:24 in reply to "First thing I thought of..."
cobbaut Member since:
2005-10-23

I just wish IBM could release the source.

IBM does not own the source, big portions were written by Microsoft.

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ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

IBM does not own the source, big portions were written by Microsoft.

I doubt Microsoft owns any OS/2 source code nowadays.

The real answer is why should IBM pay huge amounts of money to clean up/verify the source code and release something that they fought hard to phase out?

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flywheel Member since:
2005-12-28

IBM does not own the source, big portions were written by Microsoft.


I really don't think that MS own much of the code, especially after the big rewrite of 1999.
They do own the HPFS licenses, but OS/2 is not really dependant on that filesystem anymore.

But as ronaldst argues, IBM has been using the last 12 years on killing OS/2 (I recall something about reading that the decision was taken i 1994, that is before the release of OS/2 Warp 3 (Enterprise), that quickly was drawn from the market, handing over the game to Windows95 (Chicago), before it was even released) - why should they spend the ressources on cleaning up the sourcecode.

But, on the other hand - if they really want to erace OS/2 from the face of the earth, why did they even consider signing the OEM licencing agreemant with SSI - giving us eCS ?

Is it just the famous IBM greed or is there still an ongoing struggle for/against OS/2 ?

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