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: And AIX ?
by sbergman27 on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 13:06 UTC in reply to "And AIX ?"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

It would much more useful if IBM's AIX would become free software, like OpenSolaris.


A FOSS AIX would probably be of limited usefulness. As I understand it, insanely tight integration with the hardware is one of its greatest strengths.

Rather than going through the intensive effort that opening AIX would require, I would prefer to see IBM invest the resources in adding some of AIX's more useful capabilities to existing FOSS OSes.

And do we really *need* another FOSS Unix? I'm all for 'coopetition' between multiple developer communities. But beyond a certain number of major players, the benefits of the competition become overshadowed by the fragmentation of developer resources.

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RE[2]: And AIX ?
by signals on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 14:53 in reply to "RE: And AIX ?"
signals Member since:
2005-07-08

As I understand it, insanely tight integration with the hardware is one of its greatest strengths.

Really? I just left an IBM shop last year, and while I did not work as the sysadmin, the guy who did lead me to believe that modern IBM machines run AIX in a virtual machine called an LPAR.In fact, he told me that IBM's "best practice" for a machine that is only going to run one instance of AIX, is to run it inside an LPAR, and not on the bare metal.

I was under the impression that virtualization was IBM and AIX's big strength, not tight integration with the hardware...

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RE[3]: And AIX ?
by sbergman27 on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 01:18 in reply to "RE[2]: And AIX ?"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Well, I'm basically repeating my interpretation of what another member of this forum, for whom I have great respect, has said in the past. And you know how screwed up interpretations can be. So I'll defer to anyone who has more actual experience with AIX than I. ;-)

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