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osOpinion: The OS/2 Year 2000 in Review

Jan 12, 2001, 07:54 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

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"For example, Open Source is a concept whose time has come. Yet open-sourced products are not limited to just the Linux platform. Cross-platform development is arriving to OS/2 and even Windows environments, based on new open-source programming tools such as Watcom's C++ development platform."

"By opening the tool's source for all to take and embellish, native OS/2 development that targets multiple run-time platforms will be a safe, low-risk pathway. Integration of multiple platforms from the development side -- the exact opposite of Microsoft's goal of narrowed, cow-chute pathways -- is the wave of the future...."

"This means that users of well-entrenched, key business applications that were previously stuck on brain-dead Windows platforms now have an "escape valve" to migrate off of Windows and to the more stable, user-friendly, and hardware efficient OS/2 Warp platform. As for Unix/Linux applications, those that are compatible with the X-Windows standard can run natively on OS/2 using the xfree86 module."

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