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wikinerd writes "Following an online petition in November 2007 by members of an OS/2 online community to open-source OS/2, IBM answered by sending a letter via FedEx making it clear that OS/2 is going to remain closed-source, citing business, technical, and legal problems. Previously there was an older petition in 2005 which attracted over 11 thousand signatures, and both petition letters to IBM Corp can be seen at OS2World.com library. The End of Support period for OS/2 passed by in December 2006, and the given IBM's response the future for OS/2 doesn't look bright, except if re-implementation projects such as the Voyager or osFree attract the necessary critical mass of operating system developers."
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IBM refuses to liberate OS/2

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  • This is bizarre, and the only explanation I can think of is the general commercial crapout of Vista. Maybe Blue's thinking that they could step in with a Warp-2 version of their old warhorse after Vista completely fails to gain a toehold in the enterprise realm. I haven't used it since 1998, but I was very impressed with it for the 3 years I was on OS/2. The company I was working for dropped it for NT after IBM put an end to the upgrade path. I think that was all pre-Gerstner, so IBM was pretty brain-dead a

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