Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 14th Jul 2005 20:57 UTC, submitted by Kelly
OS/2 and eComStation IBM has hammered the final nails into OS/2's coffin. It said that all sales of OS/2 will end on the 23rd of December this year, and support for the pre-emptive multitasking operating system will end on the 31st December 2006.
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Abandonware
by mini-me on Thu 14th Jul 2005 22:03 UTC
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2005-07-06

I would like to echo the call for abandonware to become legal.
When a producer stops producing a good, that should be the end of their copyright on that specific product - from then on there they should be providing it for free, or giving consent for distribution (provided that the product is not misused - i.e. used for illegal purposes)

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RE: Abandonware
by eMagius on Thu 14th Jul 2005 22:54 in reply to "Abandonware"
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2005-07-06

So as soon as a book finishes its first print run, it should be made public domain? That's absurd.

It would be nice if IBM made OS/2 open-source or just made the binaries public domain, but neither would be good for IBM's investment in GNU/Linux.

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RE[2]: Abandonware
by mini-me on Fri 15th Jul 2005 00:38 in reply to "RE: Abandonware"
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2005-07-06

books are different - book publishers dont EOL their books, the same goes for video sellers. for books and videos/music there can be other stipulations such as 10 years after the end of the first printing. if a book is not profitable, the publisher will not print again.

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