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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RE: Just a guess ...
by jonsmirl on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 00:27 UTC in reply to "Just a guess ..."
jonsmirl
Member since:
2005-07-06

You don't need to guess. I worked on this project. IBM is never going to be able to open source OS/2 unless Microsoft agrees. OS/2 contains complete details on SMB/CIFS something that Microsoft does not want public. Probability that Microsoft will agree to open sourcing OS/2 = zero.

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RE[2]: Just a guess ...
by sbergman27 on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 00:32 in reply to "RE: Just a guess ..."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

OS/2 contains complete details on SMB/CIFS something that Microsoft does not want public.


Then what did the PFIF just get from Microsoft for 14,000 euros? This year's Betty Crocker cookbook?

Edited 2008-01-22 00:33 UTC

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RE[3]: Just a guess ...
by jonsmirl on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 00:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Just a guess ..."
jonsmirl Member since:
2005-07-06

There is a big difference between a spec from Microsoft which will be chock full of bugs (maybe on purpose) and a working, tested implementation. Did they get the spec for SMB as well as CIFS, or CIFS only?

There are a bunch of other secret MS technologies in OS/2 too. Remember, this was a joint venture between Microsoft and IBM, not an IBM only project. I worked on OS/2 full time and was a Microsoft employee.

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RE[3]: Just a guess ...
by RawMustard on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 09:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Just a guess ..."
RawMustard Member since:
2005-10-10

Then what did the PFIF just get from Microsoft for 14,000 euros? This year's Betty Crocker cookbook?


ROFL ;)

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RE[2]: Just a guess ...
by Lobotomik on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 07:12 in reply to "RE: Just a guess ..."
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

AND (at least in its day) a complete, better-than-Microsoft's, implementation of Windows. Now talk about MS opposing the publication of THAT.

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RE[3]: Just a guess ...
by BluenoseJake on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 19:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Just a guess ..."
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

AND (at least in its day) a complete, better-than-Microsoft's, implementation of Windows. Now talk about MS opposing the publication of THAT.


Uh, OS2 used a full version of Windows 3.1 for Windows apps. It wasn't a better Windows than Windows, but it was a better DOS than DOS.

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