Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Jan 2008 23:33 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation IBM pretty much slammed the solid oak door on open sourcing os/2. "As stated in our response to your September 2005 letter we have considered the positioning of os/2 and open source several times in the past, and for a variety of business, technical, and legal reasons we have decided to not pursue any os/2 open source projects."
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Workplace Shell
by grat on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 00:22 UTC
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I'm not so interested in OS/2 itself-- It was a good OS, and much better than Windows 95, but still suffered from 8.3 DLL naming conventions, and the associated "DLL hell" that comes with that. The file system was much better than FAT, but NTFS (which was based on HPFS) has closed that gap. At this point, other than being a study in code optimization, OS/2 the operating system isn't that unique.

However, the Workplace Shell, which was a true, object-oriented desktop environment... That's something I'd like to see picked up by a new project. There was functionality available in WPS that no other desktop environment has touched.

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RE: Workplace Shell
by Gryzor on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 10:07 in reply to "Workplace Shell"
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Maybe nobody wants to implement the Presentation Manager again because they're afraid it may hang up over and over. ;) (sarcasm)

I remember the PM/2 used to hang but the machine kept working perfectly fine (happened on Servers too). It was annoying ;)

I worked for IBM back then. We all had OS/2 2.11 then we moved to 3 (warp) and finaly 4 (Merlin). Later, internal machines started coming with NT 4.0 and those who still needed OS/2 (lots of internal APPS inside IBM were written with Borland C++ for OS/2, REXX, etc.), ran it through virtualization or opening a session on a server.

It was nice. I loved being level 3 tech support, I was in direct contact with some of the developers from time to time. ;) Ahhh.. but I was 20 years old back then :0

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