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OS/2 GIT? Is GIT better than Subversion

Hey! I am no expert, but now I go to get some source and I find that the version control is GIT. What the hell is GIT? Here’s a couple links that I read to try and understand this stuff:

Here’s my take on it. I wanted to get the current NASM source to compile on OS/2-eCS and found out it uses a GIT repository. Ok, great there is no GIT port for me to use. What is the purpose of using a versioning system that not everyone has for a cross-platform project? MS-Linux.

Might as well just make this a rant post. I think the fact Pasha has provided a ACPI solution for OS/2-eCS even though it is not open source. However, I am sick and tired of providing feedback to get something fixed, have it work in the next version, and then a version after it find it doesn’t work again. What’s worse is it looks like regression.

Big gap…

On top of being busy with work, home remodeling, and classes I finally got my pages moved to new hosting. The previous hosting service, Namesecure, might be a poster child for piss-poor support if they add anything that could pass for support. It took over a week to get a reply from them. Good riddance!

I did play on occasion with the rexxutil.dll and managed to screw-up sysstemsort which I need to fix. I also worked some on uniaud32 build system.

Gregg Young sent me his FTE source with changes which I want to look at soon. I do have a version I patched in UClip for fun.

First on the agenda is to finish my eCS RC4 install on the ZPro. I finally got tired of the ridiculous large file size crap that pops up on some installs. I firmly believe it is caused by the toolkit install.

During the install, again I was plagued by an ACPI version that would not work, but getting the debug info to Pasha fixed the problem. Version 3.07 should contain the fix. I still can’t get APIC but that is no big deal.

On the whole this is interesting, Sun buying Innotek. Wonder if they will have to box up Bird and send hime to Sun?

Should IBM’s SOM/DSOM Be Open Sourced? This seems to be a better option than IBM releasing OS/2 code which will never happen. It must have hit a nerve, it caught the fakesteve’s eye The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs.

Article chain:

Should IBM’s OS/2 Be Open-Sourced?

The Open Source Petition letter to IBM

A good article Esther Schindler at CIO: Should IBM’s OS/2 Be Open-Sourced?

Comment by me:

Sadly, I agree

I would like nothing more than to think that this time the petition might work or, at the very least, IBM would step up and publicly say no. My money is on no reply at all. Why revisit something that represents a period when IBM was slowly falling apart and being displaced my Microsoft? Why step up and say no in front of the open source crowd, showing their true colors?

I did sign the petition, again. It is just a shame that the source that took so much time and effort to produce will just cease to exist. What a waste.