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 psychicist on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 09:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Just a guess ..."
psychicist
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2007-01-27

I didn't know you were a Microsoft employee at the time, but then again I was still in high school. I think this OS/2 thing should be put to rest as a legacy OS. Nice to run on your hardware or in a virtual machine if you can get it or need it, otherwise not really relevant.

I'm actually far more interested in your work on Xorg, particularly concerning Xegl. Will we ever see that completed or in some other way integrated into Xorg?

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RE[5]: Just a guess ...
by jonsmirl on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 14:56 in reply to "RE[4]: Just a guess ..."
jonsmirl Member since:
2005-07-06

The group that controls X.org does not want to make X more 3D oriented. So it is pointless to continue working on XEGL when the core X developers won't support the concept. Apparently X is going to stay 2D only until every child in rural India and Uganda has a 3D card. It doesn't seem to matter what users in Europe and America want.

However, I've recently heard that NVidia may be backing a XEGL type system that would be developed through Khronos. No code yet that I am aware of, but the project is being talked about.

I'm currently working on a Linux based embedded audio project at www.digispeaker.com but it's not ready for primetime.

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