Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd May 2008 20:54 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source More often than not, the question arises on OSNews why certain projects or pieces of abandonware aren't released as open source software. Supposedly, this would speed up development, facilitate the growth of a community, all that jazz associated with open source development. Here are four projects I'd like to see released under a MIT license.
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RE[2]: OS/2
by blixel on Fri 23rd May 2008 00:35 UTC in reply to "RE: OS/2"
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You're right and I was aware of that. There is also the issue of OS/2 having been taken over by Serenity Systems International (eComStation) which further reduces the possibility of it being open sourced.

EDIT: Fixed minor typographical error.

Edited 2008-05-23 00:36 UTC

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RE[3]: OS/2
by dlundh on Fri 23rd May 2008 08:06 in reply to "RE[2]: OS/2"
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Sereny Systems has not "taken over" OS/2. They licensed it from IBM a while back but AFAIK the license has expired and they are not getting new sauce from IBM to base eCS on.

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RE[4]: OS/2
by OSGuy on Fri 23rd May 2008 08:55 in reply to "RE[3]: OS/2"
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So what's gonnna happen now? Do they actually have the source code?

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RE[4]: OS/2
by rcsteiner on Fri 23rd May 2008 16:09 in reply to "RE[3]: OS/2"
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According to postings from Mensys folks on the eCS technical mailing lists, work is still continuing on the pending eCS 2.0 release.

I don't think Serenity or Mensys has that much (if any) source from IBM, anyway -- eCS has historically been a repackaging of IBM's original OS/2 client/server binaries with some subsystems being replaced, not directly modified. Kernel patches and such were still being done by IBM folks like S.G. AFAIK...

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