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Campaign to make OS/2 open source begins

Antiques roadshow
Mon Apr 25 2005, 19:32
A CAMPAIGN has kicked off to get the source code for some old operating system, named OS/2, levered open.

Spods at OS2 World, the "Internet's premier community resource for OS/2" have launched the petition, worried to the high teeth that tales forecasting the demise of the dazzling OS may turn out to be true.

Save-our-software Writes Neep, Kim Haverblad: "It is known that OS/2 isn't well supported by companies that make software or by individual developers, and OS/2 faces a high possibility of being replaced from the market."

The altruists ask IBM, "to release as much of the source that can be possible and list the OS/2 components that need an Open Source replacement. With a list of components that need to be replaced companies interested on OS/2 or individual developers can create Open Source software to fill this "holes" in the OS."

OS/2 was supposed to be the next big operating system after DOS. But as IBM served up the offering, a bloke named Bill who'd already suckered the business machines company by slapping his company name on a version of DOS, out marketed the lumbering giant with a product called Panes, or Doors, or summat. µ

L'INQ
OS/2 World

 

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