A group of OS/2 devotees has been petitioning IBM to release its OS/2 code - or parts of it - as open source, to no avail. CIO.com's Esther Schindler takes up the challenge and makes the argument that while there are very good reasons for IBM to open source OS/2 for the good of the community, there are equally compelling reasons to keep it closed.
What good would the community get from an also-ran operating system?
The desktop user interface, called the WorkPlace Shell (WPS) is the most obvious example why.
But...Linux developers should also be interested [as the leader of the petition notes], "Since what is really a sad history for Linux is the gfx GUI such as KDE and Gnome that really are crap compared to the OS/2 WPS." The OS/2 code might be old, he says, but from an educational perspective it offers a lot of knowledge. … Read more