IBM Dismisses OS/2 Petition

Lora Bentley

Late last year, the OS/2 World Foundation renewed a two-year-old petition in which it asked IBM to open source the OS/2 operating system. Last week, the Channel Register reports, IBM finally issued a response:

Yvonne Perkins, vice president at IBM's Enterprise Platform Software unit, told the holdouts that "for a variety of business, technical, and legal reasons we have decided to not pursue any OS/2 open source projects."

The rationale for open sourcing OS/2 has changed over the years, as Channel Register writer Joe Fay points out, from "development is far from dead," in 2005, to "OS/2 is an important part of the history of the operating system" in the most recent plea.


And just in case hanging on to a decades-old operating system sounds goofy, Fay poses this question:

[T]hink forward to 2022 -- how many of us will still be dodging Vista 1.0.1 and running XP?

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