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: Petition for free download
by jonsmirl on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 15:04 UTC in reply to "Petition for free download"
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This would depend on how the royalty agreement with Microsoft was written. At that time percentage based royalties were common. If OS/2 is on a percentage based royalty then it would be possible to distribute it for free. But there may have been a cause requiring a minimum per copy royalty to be paid to Microsoft. I don't remember how it was written. IBM would certainly have had the right to give away free demo copies, which was how they did the magazine cover release.

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The magazine cover copy was the full working version. I installed it many times and registered it with IBM.

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Putting it on a magazine cover was a one shot promotional activity. Did the license on the CD allow the CD to be copied? I doubt that it did.

Microsoft probably would not would view altering the license to allow free, unlimited redistribution as a promotional activity. They would demand a royalty buyout before allowing it.

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