A company would not want to open source software that might compete against
something they sell or might sell. Would IBM want to open source OV/400 and
loose sales of Lotus Domino, or loose sales of OS/400 or some other
operating system to OS/2 if it was open source.

John Ross

At 02:14 PM 10/3/2002 -0600, you wrote:
 The reader wanted to know why IBM
doesn't open source it's OV/400 product, since it's not making money on it
anymore anyway. I looked into it, and it appears the product is too tightly
integrated with the operating system. However, my question is this -- are
there other products/applications that are no longer supported, and
therefore no longer producing profit, that could feasibly be open sourced
for the benefit of the open source community and/or users of that particular
app? It seemed an interesting concept, and I was trying to think of other
"discontinued" offerings that could fall into that rationale.

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