Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Aug 2012 00:00 UTC
X11, Window Managers We have some very good news for those of us with a love for the Common Desktop Environment. I'm a huge fan of CDE - I've even dedicated an article to it - so I'm excited about this. CDE has been released as open source under the LGPL, and can be downloaded as of today for Debian and Ubuntu. Motif will follow later.
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Come IBM, what about OS/2
by ggeldenhuys on Tue 7th Aug 2012 13:55 UTC
ggeldenhuys
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2006-11-13

Maybe IBM could take the hint, and release some technologies that was used in OS/2. System Object Model (SOM), DSOM, Workplace Shell, OS/2 for the PowerPC etc. I'm pretty sure many developers would love to see those in the open source world too!

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RE: Come IBM, what about OS/2
by orestes on Tue 7th Aug 2012 17:10 in reply to "Come IBM, what about OS/2"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't know that IBM could even if they wanted to do so atm. Last I checked OS/2 is still active in the form of eComstation and I'd imagine there's some agreements in place that would complicate the code release.

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RE: Come IBM, what about OS/2
by johjeff on Tue 7th Aug 2012 23:48 in reply to "Come IBM, what about OS/2"
johjeff Member since:
2007-11-06

That would be nice, but OS/2 is still a commercial product under the guise of eCommstation. I think they would have a problem with IBM releasing those technologies. Then again, IBM might not even have the rights to the code anymore. I don't remember the terms of the sale, but I think releasing code would have to come from eCommstation.

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RE: Come IBM, what about OS/2
by tylerdurden on Wed 8th Aug 2012 23:57 in reply to "Come IBM, what about OS/2"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

In an ideal world, we would not need money or patents.

But since we don't live in an utopia, and OS/2 is pretty much a dead platform long surpassed technically. And even though it may be of great interest to a few dedicated enthusiasts.... the cost of the legal/patent review process for the OS/2 codebase is not trivial, and probably not worth it for IBM. Unless hobbyist could raise some capital and offer IBM (or whoever holds the copyrights now) some grease to sweeten the deal.

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