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osOpinion: The Warped Perspective August 2000

Aug 04, 2000, 06:07 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

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"...Sun announced that it would no longer develop the OS/2 version of Star Office beyond v5.1, and we OS/2 users were crestfallen. Then certain officials at Sun implied that OS/2 users had nothing to worry about, because Sun would be releasing the OS/2 source code as part of its plan to GPL the entire stable of Star applications. For a while, this sounded great. The OS/2 developer community would be assured of a stable, powerful suite of native OS/2 applications that also was sure to be popular with Windows and Linux users (as well as Solaris users), meaning that cross-platform file sharing would be straightforward and user retraining would be nil. The OS/2 platform would gain a huge degree of transparency that neither Microsoft nor Lotus nor Sundial Systems could provide..."

"Well, we were deceived. Sun has announced that the GPL versions of Star Office will only be based on the version 6.0 codebase, which does not include OS/2. And, in fact, Sun has clearly stated that "Star Office 5.1 for OS/2 will be the LAST version that Sun will release." This means that Sun not only will not develop the OS/2 version, but they refuse to release it to the OS/2 community for their own use. Yes, Sun would rather discard a popular OS/2 suite than share it."

"This kind of short-sighted, narrow-minded exclusionism we have come to expect from Microsoft -- and from those companies who are afraid of Microsoft -- but not from Sun. Is Sun so bold and self-confident that they believe they can turn their backs on the large and growing mass of OS/2 users? Apparently so."

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