From: Bob Crothers <bob2@CStoneIndy.com> > Hmmm, isn't this exactly one of things Microsoft was raked over the coals > for not that long ago? IBM will vigorously claim the "they" are not a monopoly (as Microsoft tried to say) although one could argue that on the AS/400 platform IBM has the same advantages of "inside" knowledge as Microsoft on Windoze and that IBM therefore is a de facto monopoly for the captive users that can't afford to rewrite everything to move off the platform. > > From: Jill Aitoro <email@example.com> > > 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. > > and there is the rub. Because of the tight integration, IBM would have to > tell the open source people (and everybody else) about all these hooks > into the OS that they don't people to know about. This limits the number > of people making software for the box, but hat seems to be alright with > IBM. >
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