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]: And AIX ?
by macrules on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 14:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: And AIX ?"
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IBM AIX and Linux do run on bare metal on RS/6000-pSeries-System p and they call the hypervisor ( some kind of enhanced firmware ). AIX nor Linux is not hosted within another OS.
IBM ported AIX to another hardware platform ( Intel IA64 Itanium ) but canceled it.
AIX is tightly integrated with the HW for good reasons. The firmware is Open Firmware ( not PC BIOS nor EFI ).
You can dynamically load device drivers and configure them w/o rebooting. AIX is a POWER (POWER4, POWER5) RISC based OS. It's a vertical integrated platform not unlike the Apple Macintosh platform.

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