Linked by Michael Reed on Thu 7th Feb 2008 17:21 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation Last month, IBM made an announcement that put an end to any hope of an open source OS/2. Responding to requests from an online community that had previously collected 11,600 signatures in support of its cause, the company confirmed that they would not be releasing the source code of their OS/2 operating system. I used OS/2 as my main operating system for about four years, and unlike some former users, my reaction to the news sits somewhere between disinterest and relief.
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by Moochman on Fri 8th Feb 2008 12:16 UTC
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...this reminds me of the situation with Lotus SmartSuite. IBM abandoned that, too, and is now trumpeting "Lotus Symphony" which is basically OpenOffice with a somewhat reworked GUI and a couple of added features. Perhaps IBM isn't keen to resurrect these dinosaurs because a) it would mean investing money in something very few people use, and b) they don't want to publicize the failure of their past products any more than necessary. A rather conservative strategy, but an easy one.

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