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[4]: Just a guess ...
by sbergman27 on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 00:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Just a guess ..."
sbergman27
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2005-07-24

Well, a working and tested implementation would be Samba. Jeremy has already described how they would treat the spec. They'll be checking everything out with formal regression tests to make sure the details of the spec actually work with real clients, and then make any changes within those real world constraints.

I'm not disagreeing with you that MS would be unlikely to OK the release of a FOSS OS/2. I'm just quibbling over that particular reason.

There are a number of things that I can think of off the top of my head that would excite me more than an open source release of OS/2, anyway.

It was a very advanced OS... for its day.

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RE[5]: Just a guess ...
by jonsmirl on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 01:05 in reply to "RE[4]: Just a guess ..."
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2005-07-06

You'd be surprised if you saw the source. Half of OS2 is written in x86 assembler. Probably around 2M lines of it. The x86 C compilers weren't very good back then and a decent programmer could easily beat the compiler. RAM was a precious commodity and a lot of work went into reducing the memory footprint. It took about two days to do a complete build. MS didn't even have a network connection to IBM, we mailed floppies to exchange code.

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