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The Register: OS/2 lives! IBM turns life support back on

Apr 14, 2000, 09:41 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graham Lea)

"OS/2 lives - albeit somewhat belatedly. After years of neglect and silence IBM has promised annual refreshes of client and server versions, and consolidations of fix packs on CD. It's not exactly what you'd call a huge vote of confidence, but it's quite a jump for a company that for years has given every impression of wanting to turn of the life support...."

"Another development track is the Everblue Project, which is porting xlib to OS/2 (xlib is the Unix equivalent of the OS/2 Presentation Manager). The hope and expectation is that it will be possible to port nearly every UNIX application to OS/2. So far, there is emx for porting non-GUI applications, with xlib intended to take care of the GUI."

"When this is done, Netlabs plans to port Wine (a Win32 implementation for UNIX/X11) to OS/2. So far as a finishing date is concerned, Netlabs says "never", because the Win32 API is a moving target."

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