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I saw this petition to open up the source code of OS/2. First, I thought what's the point? But when you think about it, linux could find some useful code ...
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    Opening up OS/2


    I saw this petition to open up the source code of OS/2. First, I thought what's the point? But when you think about it, linux could find some useful code in OS/2. Anyways, if anyone wants to sign it, it is at:
    http://www.os2world.com/petition/
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    The next step would be to release windows under opensource... Windows-NT series is based on OS/1, or did I get it wrong?

    But this is good news. Anything released under open source is good news, right?

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    Petitions to open-source just about everything under the sun are out there. Simply because there's a petition doesn't mean it will *do* anything. Good luck though, sounds neat.
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    I can give a good reason why it will not happen. To make it under a new license, you would have to make sure you own all the code, or everyone else goes along with it. I doubt MS would be so nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vergil83
    I can give a good reason why it will not happen. To make it under a new license, you would have to make sure you own all the code, or everyone else goes along with it. I doubt MS would be so nice.
    This is in fact the very problem Sun Microsystems came up against when they wanted to open-source Solaris. They don't own all of it. Hence the new "open solaris" project, which is built (AFAIK) only on the parts Sun owns, and therefore can legally release.
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