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: Workplace Shell for Windows
by galvanash on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 20:59 UTC in reply to "Workplace Shell for Windows"
galvanash
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2006-01-25

I don't know if this would have any relevance to the Voyager or OSFree projects but IBM did release Workplace Shell for Windows under a public license on October 23, 2007.

http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/dw_thread.jsp?nav=fals...


Ha! I used to run that a LONG time ago and it was great. But it wasn't really WPS... It just fudged with the window decorations, fonts, and a few other things (the main useful one being adding right-click context menus). It just made Windows 3.1 _look_ sort of like WPS, but it was mostly just cosmetic.

It was valuable for OS/2 users because it at least gave the illusion that their windows programs were running in WPS windows (i.e. visual consistency). Hell, I ran it on plain old Win3.1 for a while (i.e. no OS/2) - just cause I liked the way it looked.

So it was just lipstick on a pig so to speak. It would be of no use to Voyager or OSFree.

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