Name three things that Elvis and OS/2 have in common. Don’t rush your answer. Think about it for a minute or two. OK, ready? Here’s the answer…
… First, Elvis and OS/2 both are dead. Second, both are badly decomposed. And third, thousands of fanatics won’t let these two deceased entities rest in peace.
A case in point: More than 180 Elvises were spotted running a marathon earlier this month in Las Vegas. Alas, The VAR Guy remembers reading about Elvis’s death 30 years ago.
OS/2 has been dead nearly as long. Well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But seriously, former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner buried OS/2 before the turn of the century. Then Lou threw some more dirt on OS/2’s coffin by betting $1 billion on Linux in 2001.
Admittedly, IBM didn’t issue OS/2’s official death certificate until 2005. But everyone knew it was dead and buried. Well, almost everyone…
So here we are in 2007. Most of the old OS/2 news sites have shut down. (Though some, like this one, are still around.) And most niche software developers have abandoned the long-deceased operating system.
OS/2 is finally resting in peace … except for the fact that nearly 3,000 fanatics have signed a petition to have IBM release the operating system as open source. You know, because the world needs yet another open source operating system.
Maybe instead of a penguin, OS/2’s mascot can be a zombie: Sure it’s dead, but can you really kill it?
Wow, here comes the hate mail. Elvis and OS/2 defenders unite. Perhaps together you can silence The VAR Guy — or at least sneak some OS/2 source code onto his Mac and Linux PC.